The initiative calls for construction of three new wind farms in Wyoming totaling 1,150 MW, the addition of a new 140-mile high-voltage transmission line in the same state, and the repowering of 900 MW of existing wind parks in Wyoming and Washington States.
Portland, Oregon-based PacifiCorp has received favourable orders for the plan from the Idaho Public Utilities Commission and the Utah Public Service Commission. Wyoming issued its conditional Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity in April. Oregon and Washington have come out in support of the plan, which is still pending acquisition of remaining rights of way,permitting and execution of final contracts.
Construction and commissioning, as well as the repowering work, slated for 2019. The new wind farms and the transmission line are expected to be completed in 2020.
The initiative will increase the amount of owned and contracted wind capacity on PacifiCorp's system by over 60 pct, according to the company. (Source: PacifiCorp Energy, July, 2018) Contact: PacifiCorp Energy, Laine Anderson, Director of Wind Operations, www.pacificorp.com
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To qualify, projects can be located in Wyoming, Oregon or Utah. The company will consider projects bid with power purchase agreements for up to 30 years, or "Build-Transfer" agreements where the bidder develops the project but ultimately transfers the project to PacifiCorp. Proposals for new or repowered wind resources must demonstrate that projects will qualify for the federal production tax credit, if applicable, and can be online by Dec. 31, 2020.
PacifiCorp reportedly aims to add another 859 MW of new wind capacity -- 85 MW in Wyoming and 774 MW in Idaho -- 1,000 MW or more of new solar capacity Between 2028 and 2036. (Source: PaifiCorp, UtilityDive, Various Other Media, 29 Sept., 2017)
Contact: PacifiCorp Energy, Laine Anderson, Director of Wind Operations, www.pacificorp.com
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