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Wyoming Wind Capacity Doubled in 2020 (Ind. Report)
American Clean Power Association
Date: 2021-02-08
According to a new quarterly report from the Washington, D.C.-based American Clean Power Association , the wind energy sector in the U.S. shattered records in 2020, up 16,913 MW of new wind power capacity was installed in the U.S. -- an 85 pct increase compared to 2019.

In 2020, Wyoming installed 1,123 megawatts of wind power, nearly doubling its capacity and ranked second nationwide, after Texas, led by the state's largest utility, Rocky Mountain Power.

Interestingly, the Wyoming Industrial Siting Council, the regulatory board charged with reviewing big wind project applications has not received a new proposal for a wind project since 2019. (Source: American Clean Power Association, KPVI, 6 Feb., 2021) Contact: American Clean Power Association, (202) 383-2500, www.cleanpower.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Wyoming Wind,  American Clean Power Association ,  


UIPA, RMP Ink Renewables Cooperation Agreement (Ind. Report)
Rocky Mountain Power,Utah Inland Port Authority
Date: 2020-05-29
In the Beehive State, the Utah Inland Port Authority (UIPA) and Rocky Mountain Power (RMP) report the inking of a Joint Clean Energy Cooperation Statement to create a sustainable energy supply within the UIPA jurisdictional area. The agreement allows the sharing of data and resources to identify solutions to meet future needs with net 100 pct renewable energy, planning for electrification of freight, cargo and logistics equipment, and energy efficiency programs.

Work will begin by developing a 10-year power use forecast for the current UIPA jurisdictional land that identifies how much power is needed, followed by a renewable energy generation and storage forecast to serve as a roadmap for future action that includes resource type (wind, solar, battery, renewable energy credits, etc.), resource size (in megawatts), and capital. Additional agreements and approvals on specific projects are anticipated as this work goes forward.(Source: Utah Inland Port Authority , KUTV, 17 May, 2020) Contact: Utah Inland Port Authority, Jack Hedge, Executive Director, www.utahinlandport.org; Rocky Mountain Power, Gary Hoogeveen, Pres., CEO, (800) 222-4335, www.rockymountainpower.net

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


UIPA, RMP Announce Energy Efficiency Agreement (ind. Report)
Rocky Mountain Power
Date: 2020-05-20
The Utah Inland Port Authority (UIPA) and Rocky Mountain Power (RMP) are reporting a Joint Clean Energy Cooperation agreement to create a sustainable energy supply within the UIPA jurisdictional area.

The two organizations will share data and resources to identify solutions to meet future needs with net 100 pct renewable energy, electrification of freight, cargo and logistics equipment, and energy efficiency programs. Additional agreements and approvals on specific projects are also anticipated. (Source: Utah Inland Port Authority , KUTV, 17 May, 2020) Contact: Utah Inland Port Authority, Jack Hedge, Executive Director, www.utahinlandport.org; Rocky Mountain Power, Gary Hoogeveen, Pres., CEO, (800) 222-4335, www.rockymountainpower.net

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


Bidgely Touts Residential Energy Efficiency Solution (ind. Report)
Bidgely
Date: 2020-04-08
Mountain View, California-based utility artificial (AI) intelligence specialist Bidgely is reporting its Home Energy Reports HER 2.0 Solution increases energy savings by 80 pct and enables utilities to design more accurate treatment groups for behavioral energy efficiency programs -- including lower base-load consumption users and low-income households.

Having partnered with numerous utilities and the largest energy retailers around the world, like TEPCO in Japan and Rocky Mountain Power and Duke Energy in North America, to improve behavioral energy efficiency programs, drive substantial $/kWh savings and expand the customer reach with the Bidgely HER 2.0 Solution, customer results have shown:

  • 41GWhs of energy savings in less than one year at a 25 pct program cost savings and 80 pct "Likes" from customer satisfaction for the program;

  • 2 times higher energy savings in peak months compared to paper-only based programs, as a result of multiple touch points and tailored messages throughout the customer journey;

  • 40 pct expansion of treatment population at no additional cost through AI-powered personalized energy profiles of each home;

  • 50 pct reduction in high bill calls and a correlation to an increased JD Power score of two quartiles.

    Bidgely has over 15 energy patents, $50 million in funding, retains more than 30 data scientists, and serves residential customers around the world, according to the company. (Source: Bidgely, Oleans Times Herald, 7 April, 2020) Contact: Bidgely, Colin Gibbs, VP Strategy, www.bidgely.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bidgely ,  Energy Efficiency,  


  • 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., www.pacificorp.com/irp

    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, www.rockymountainpower.net

    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, www.riotinto.com

    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)
    PacifiCorp
    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, www.pacificorp.com; Rocky Mountain Power, Rita Meyer, VP, (800) 222-4335, www.rockymountainpower.net

    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, www.rockymountainpower.net; Invenergy, Nick Matchin, Manager for Renewable Development, (312) 224-1400, www.invenergyllc.com

    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, https://scpwchallenge.org

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

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