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Pacificorp Plan Stresses Wind, Solar and Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
Rocky Mountain Power, PacifiCorp
Date: 2019-10-09
Salt Lake City-based PacifiCorp, which operates as Rocky Mountain Power in Utah, Wyoming and Idaho, has released a draft of its 2019 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) that continues investments in new wind generation and transmission, while adding significant new solar and storage resources as follows:
  • WIND -- More than 3,500 MW of new wind generation by 2025, including resources acquired through customer partnerships, and a total of more than 4,600 MW of new wind generation by 2038,

  • More than 1,500 MW of new wind generation that is currently under construction, including new wind projects in Wyoming as part of the company‚Äôs Energy Vision 2020 initiative

  • 1,920 MW of additional new wind generation in Wyoming by 2024

  • 1,100 MW of new wind generation in Idaho in the 2030 to 2032 time frame.

  • SOLAR & STORAGE -- Nearly 3,000 MW of new solar by 2025, including resources acquired through customer partnerships, and more than 6,300 MW of new solar by 2038

  • Nearly 600 MW of battery storage by 2025 and more than 2,800 MW of battery storage by 2038

  • 3,000 MW of new solar in Utah paired with 635 MW of battery storage, phased in between 2020 and 2037

  • 1,415 MW of new solar in Wyoming paired with 354 MW of battery storage, phased in between 2024 and 2038

  • 1,075 MW of new solar in Oregon paired with 244 MW of battery storage, phased in between 2020 and 2033

  • 814 MW of new solar in Washington paired with 204 MW of battery storage, phased in between 2024 and 2036

    PacifiCorp develops and seeks regulatory acknowledgement of its long-term resource plans every two years to account for changing market conditions, new policies and other factors that determine the least-cost resource portfolio. (Source: PacifiCorp, SweetwaterNow, Oct., 2019) Contact: PacifiCorp, Chad Teply, VP Business Policy and Dev.,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News PacifiCorp,  Renewable Energy,  Energy Storage,  Wind,  Solar,  Rocky Mountain Power,  

  • Rocky Mtn. Power's Energy Vision 2020 Plan Underway (Ind. Report)
    Rocky Mountain Power
    Date: 2019-06-12
    Salt Lake City-headquartered Rocky Mountain Power (RMP), a unit of Portland, Ore.-based PacifiCorp., a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, reports its Energy Vision 2020 plan for the construction of three wind parks, the re-powering of two existing wind farms and the installation of a new high-voltage transmission line is underway in Wyoming.

    The projects include the Ekola and TB Flats I & II wind farms in Wyoming's Carbon County and the Cedar Springs wind park in Converse County, totaling 1,150 MW. The re-powering projects will upgrade existing wind turbines in Converse and Carbon counties, and the Gateway West Transmission project will install a 140-mile (225km) transmission line in Sweetwater and Carbon counties. (Source: Rocky Mountain Power, Renewables, 11 June, 2019) Contact: Rocky Mountain Power, Rita Meyer, VP, (800) 222-4335,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Rocky Mountain Power,  Wind,  

    Kennecott Copper Opts for Renewables to Cut Emissions (Ind. Report)
    Rio Tinto
    Date: 2019-05-03
    London, UK-headquartered Anglo-Australian multinational metals and mining giant Rio Tinto reports it will reduce the annual carbon footprint associated with its Kennecott Utah Copper operation by as much as 65 pct by purchasing renewable energy certificates and permanently shutting its coal power plant.

    Kennecott's electric power needs will now be paired with 1.5 million MWh of renewable energy certificates (RECs) supplied by Rocky Mountain Power, primarily sourced from its Utah allocated portfolio including wind power from Wyoming. The RECs are Green-e Energy certified and meet the environmental and consumer-protection standards set forth by the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions.

    The move to using renewable energy certificates at Kennecott is subject to regulatory approval by the Utah Public Service Commission. (Source: Rio Tinto, 2 May, 2019)Contact: Rio Tinto,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Footprint,  Rocky Mountain Power,  Rio Tinto,  Renewable Energy,  

    PacifiCorp Re-Powering Foote Creek Rim 1 Wind Farm (Ind Report)
    Date: 2019-02-27
    PacifiCorp is reporting the upcoming re-powering of 1998-1999 vintage 68 turbine Rocky Mountain Power Foote Creek Rim 1 wind farm near Arlington with 12 new 2-4 MW turbines. According to conditional use permit documents, work on the estimated $51.7 million project is slated for an April startup for completion within 18 months.

    Another influential factor involves the wind production tax incentive. Per this initiative, if PacifiCorp fails to get construction underway prior to 2020, they will not qualify for 2.4 cents per kWh provided by the incentive. (Source: PacifiCorp, Wyoming News Exchange, 25 Feb., 2019)Contact: PacifiCorp,; Rocky Mountain Power, Rita Meyer, VP, (800) 222-4335,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  PacifiCorp,  Rocky Mountain Power,  

    Wyoming Compensating Towns for Wind Farm Inconvenience (Funding)
    Wyoming,Rocky Mountain Power
    Date: 2018-11-26
    The Casper Wyoming News Tribune is reporting the state of Wyoming will pay communities in southern Wyoming a little over $5 million to address the economic impact of two proposed wind energy projects. The state Industrial Siting Council has approved a 100-turbine wind project near Medicine Bow and a 47-turbine wind farm near Evanston. Impact impact funding for nearby towns facing an influx of workers and additional traffic has also been approved.

    The 100-turbine Ekola Flats wind project proposed near Medicine Bow will be owned and operated by Rocky Mountain Power while Invenergy plans its 47-turbine Uinta Wind Energy Project near Evanston. The developers hope to have the wind farms built before federal tax credits are scheduled to end in 2020. (Source: Casper News Tirbune, AP, 24 Nov., 2018) Contact: Rocky Mountain Power, Rita Meyer, VP, (800) 222-4335,; Invenergy, Nick Matchin, Manager for Renewable Development, (312) 224-1400,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Rocky Mountain Power,  Invenergy,  

    Summit Community Power Works Launches Energy Efficiency Initiative (Ind. Report)
    Summit Community Power Works
    Date: 2018-09-10
    In Utah, the Summit Community Power Works is reporting the launch of a new initiative challenging 200 Summit County households to reduce their overall carbon emissions by December. Utah Clean Energy absorbed Summit Community Power Works over the summer. The challenge is designed to provide Park City and Summit County residents with tools and resources to help in the community's overall goals to significantly increase their energy efficiency and reduce their carbon footprint.

    The challenge is centered on a new online platform that gives participants access to about 70 different tips that will help reduce their carbon footprint-environmental impact. While the challenge is designed for homeowners, businesses will be encouraged to participate as well, Emerson said. Part of the coordination comes from the Watt Smart community plans that have been developed with Rocky Mountain Power. (Source: Summit Community Power Works, Park Record. 9 Sept., 2018) Contact: Summit Community Power Works, Kevin Emerson, Energy Efficiency Program Director, CSPW Challenge,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Energy Efficiency,  

    Energy Efficiency Stretches Rubber Maker's Savings (Ind. Report)
    Rocky Mountain Power
    Date: 2018-06-15
    In Salt Lake City, rubber manufacturer Weir Minerals reports it saved enough energy to power 160 average homes through Rocky Mountain Power's "Wattsmart" business energy efficiency incentives program. Weir noted it completed $332,597 in upgrades as recommended by Rocky Mountain Power, which paid Weir a $150,901 incentive for the the upgrade work.

    According to Weir, the upgrades have saved the company approximately $97,112 in energy savings and more than 1.4 million kilowatt hours. (Source: Rocky Mountain Power, Weir Minerals, Energy Insider, 14 June, 2018) Contact: Rocky Mountain Power, Rita Meyer, VP, (800) 222-4335,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Rocky Mountain Power,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Incentive,  Energy Efficiency Rebate,  

    Rocky Mountain Power Seeking Renewables Project Bids (Ind. Report)
    Rocky Mountain Power
    Date: 2018-06-06
    Salt Lake City-headquartered Rocky Mountain Power (RMP), a unit of Portland, Ore.-based PacifiCorp., a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, reports it is seeking bids for new solar, wind and geothermal projects in Utah as part of an effort to increase renewable power generation on the PacifiCorp system.

    The company is seeking proposals for 308,000 MWh of power generation -- approximately 40 MW of geothermal capacity or approximately 100 to 126 MW of wind or solar capacity -- sufficient power for about 34,000 typical Utah homes.

    Customers sponsoring the request for proposal include Park City, Salt Lake City, Summit County, Park City Mountain Resort, Deer Valley Resort, and Utah Valley University, which are all working with Rocky Mountain Power to meet their clean air and sustainability goals through renewable energy. (Source: Rocky Mountain Power, Sun Advocate, 4 June, 2018)Contact: Rocky Mountain Power, Rita Meyer, VP, (800) 222-4335,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Rocky Mountain Power,  Renewable Energy,  

    Funding Available for Community Renewable Energy Projects (Funding)
    Rocky Mountain Power,Blue Sky
    Date: 2017-10-04
    In Salt Lake City, Rocky Mountain Power reports its Blue Sky program is now accepting funding applications for renewable energy projects.

    The Blue Sky program, funded by more than 44,000 Blue Sky customers, helps cover the cost of installing solar, wind, geothermal and other renewable energy systems for non-residential, community-serving organizations.

    Since 2006, the Blue Sky program has added 128 renewable energy projects across Utah, Wyoming and Idaho and supported more than 1.9 billion kilowatt-hours of renewable energy. This year the program expects to have close to $2 million available for new renewable energy projects. (Source: Rocky Mountain Power, PR, 2 Oct., 2017) Contact: Rocky Mountain Power, Blue Sky Program, Keven Hoopiiaina, Renewable Energy program manager,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Rocky Mountain Power,  Renewable Energy,  Community Solar,  Community Energy Projects,  

    RMP Plans $3.5Bn Investment in WY Renewable Energy (Ind. Report)
    Rocky Mountain Power
    Date: 2017-09-13
    Salt Lake City-headquartered Rocky Mountain Power (RMP), a unit of Portland, Ore.-based PacifiCorp., a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, reports it will invest $3.5 billion in transmission capability, wind power and other infrastructure in Wyoming by 2020.

    Rocky Mountain Power, which serves approximately 1.1 million customers in in Wyoming, Utah and Idaho, has an energy-generating capacity of about 55 pct coal, 25 pct natural gas, 10 pct hydroelectric, and 10 pct wind and other sources, according to its promotional literature. The utility also plans to add 1,100 MW of new wind power by repowering existing Wyoming wind farms with longer blades and newer technology in 2020 when wind production tax credits are expected to end. (Source: Rocky Mountain Power, Twitter, 12 Sept., 2017) Contact: Wyoming Rocky Mountain Power ,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Rocky Mountain Power,  Wind,  Renewable Energy,  

    RMP Inks Alternative Solar Net-Metering Program (Ind. Report)
    Rocky Mountain Power,Utah Division of Public Utilities
    Date: 2017-09-01
    Rocky Mountain Power (RMP), Utah's largest power provider reports it has agreed with the Utah Division of Public Utilities to drop its bid to change the way customers with rooftop solar pay for their power and will instead grandfather in existing net-metering customers until the year 2035 and decrease the value of credits customers receive in exchange for the excess power their panels generate.

    Under the terms of the agreement, RMP will continue to accept new net-metering applications through Nov. 15 then cap that program to new customers. Existing and households with new rooftop solar installations will be treated more or less as any other residential customer after Nov. 15th. RMP also agreed to author a study on the costs and benefits of rooftop solar that will be used to establish a permanent rate for surplus power delivered to the utility when the transition period ends. Net-metering customers will continue to receive credits from Rocky Mountain Power for surplus power as they currently do, through the year 2035. The utility currently credits rooftop solar customers the equivalent of 10 cents per kilowatt hour, according to Rocky Mountain Power. The agreement is subject to the Utah Public Services Commission approval.

    (Source: Rocky Mountain Power, Salt Lake Tribune, Sept., 2017)Contact: Rocky Mountain Power, Rita Meyer, VP, (800) 222-4335,; Utah Division of Public Utilities, (801) 530-7622,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Rocky Mountain Power,  Solar,  Net Metering,  

    Rocky Mtn. Plans $3.5Bn Wind Energy Investment (Ind. Report)
    Rocky Mountain Power
    Date: 2017-04-07
    In its new 20-year Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), Rocky Mountain Power (RPI) reports it will invest approximately $3.5 billion on wind energy and energy transmission projects in Wyoming and the surrounding regional service area.

    The Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) is a comprehensive decision support tool and road map for meeting the company's objective of providing reliable and least-cost electric service to all of our customers while addressing the substantial risks and uncertainties inherent in the electric utility business. The IRP is developed with considerable public involvement from state utility commission staff, state agencies, customer and industry advocacy groups, project developers, and other stakeholders. The key elements of the IRP include: a finding of resource need, focusing on the first 10 years of a 20-year planning period; the preferred portfolio of supply-side and demand-side resources to meet this need; and an action plan that identifies the steps we will take during the next two to four years to implement the plan.

    Access the Rocky Mountain Power Integrated Resource Plan details HERE. (Source: Rocky Mountain Power, Wyoming Business Report, 4 April, 2017)Contact: Rocky Mountain Power, Rita Meyer, VP, (800) 222-4335,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Rocky Mountain Power,  Wind,  Renewable Energy,  

    RMP Planning New Biomass Fuel Tests (Ind. Report)
    Rocky Mountain Power ,CoalSwith,Active Energy Group
    Date: 2017-02-06
    Following on our Nov. 30, 2016 coverage, Utah-headquartered utility Rocky Mountain Power (RMP), a unit of Pacificorp, reports it will test CoalSwitch, a new biomass fuel made from forest and woody biomass residues. CoalSwitch, which is produced by Active Energy Group Plc,, can be blended with coal in order to cut power plant fossil fuel consumption and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

    UK-based Active Energy, which manages woodlands and develops clean-energy products, is seeking to supply its fuel to utilities willing to switch to biomass in order to cut carbon emissions. In November, the London-based company obtained funding for its first industrial-scale plant which will be located in Canada, according to Bloomberg.

    RMP is planning an 18-hour test using a 10 pct blend of CoalSwitch and 90 pct coal in late 2017 . (Source: Active Energy Group , RMP, Bloombery, 6 Feb., 2017) Contact: AEG, Richard Spinks, CEO,; Rocky Mountain Power, Rita Meyer, VP, (800) 222-4335,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CoalSwitch,  Rocky Mountain Power,  Active Energy Group ,  

    AEG Scores Financing for U.S. CoalSwitch Plant (Ind. Report)
    AEG CoalSwitch
    Date: 2016-11-30
    London-headquartered timber and forestry group Active Energy Group Plc (AEG) is reporting receipt of a $6 million, five year unsecured loan facility from Dubai-based Linarus FZE, a private investment company, for construction of a 35,000 tpy CoalSwitch plant in North America.

    CoalSwitch, which is produced from low value wood biomass such as forestry and pulp mill/saw mill by-products, is a "drop-in" fuel that can be mixed at any ratio with coal or completely replace coal in existing unmodified coal powered fire stations.

    AEG has been contracted by the US utility Rocky Mountain Power (RMP) to manufacture and supply sample CoalSwitch pellets which RMP will use to replace 10 pct of its coal feed at one of its Utah plants as part of the utility's fuel change protocol, according to AEG. (Source: AEG, UK Stock Market Wire, 28 Nov., 2016) Contact: AEG, Richard Spinks, CEO,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wood Pellet,  Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  Biomass Pellet,  CoalSwitch,  

    RMP Subscriber Solar Program Nearly Sold Out (Ind. Report)
    Rocky Mountain Power
    Date: 2016-11-07
    Salt Lake City, Rocky Mountain Power (RMP) reports that its Subscriber Solar program is 95 pct sold out after it became available for commercial and industrial customers in May and residential customers in June. The program is expected to be on-line for customers on January 1, 2017.

    The program enables customers to use solarenergy if they rent their property, cannot or do not want to install solar, or have roofs that are not suitable for solar panels. (Source: Rocky Mountain Power, 1 Nov., 2016) Contact: Rocky Mountain Power, Keven Hoopiiaina, Subscriber Solar Program Manager, (844) 813-3971,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Rocky Mountain Power ,  Solar,  

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