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Completing upgrade requires outage overnight Aug. 10-11 for Pacific Power customers in Warrenton and Hammond - 08/09/18

Aug. 9, 2018                                               
Media hotline:  1-800-570-5838                                             FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

                                                        

 

Completing upgrade requires outage overnight Aug. 10-11 for Pacific Power customers in Warrenton and Hammond

 

WARRENTON, Ore. – Approximately 3,100 Pacific Power customers in the Warrenton and Hammond areas area will be without electricity during the early morning hours of Aug. 11 as crews complete an upgrade of essential equipment to increase capacity and improve reliability in the area.

 

            The outage is scheduled to begin just before midnight Friday, Aug. 10 and could last until 4:30 a.m. Aug. 11, although power will be restored at the first opportunity. This work will complete the upgrade project that began with a planned outage affecting the same area in mid-July

 

The outage will affect the entire cities of Warrenton and Hammond.

 

Customers in the affected area have been notified individually about the outage.

 

“The temporary power interruption is necessary in order for us to safely complete the upgrade of the equipment in the substation that serves the area. With work done, we will reduce the likelihood of unexpected outages in the future and improve reliability in the area,” said Rachelle Hannon, acting regional business manager for Pacific Power.

 

            If customers have questions about the planned outage, they can call Pacific Power at 1-888-221-7070. Any outages during that time in other parts of the community should continue to be reported to Pacific Power at 1-877-508-5088.

 

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Pacific Power customers get $3,000 off a Nissan LEAF - 08/01/18

Pacific Power media hotline:                                      Aug. 1, 2018  

1-800-570-5838                                                          FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 

Pacific Power customers get $3,000 off a Nissan LEAF
The incentive runs until Sept. 30 and all customers in Oregon, Washington and California are eligible

PORTLAND, Ore.—Pacific Power and Nissan have teamed up to offer a $3,000 incentive to Pacific Power’s customers and employees who purchase a new 2018 Nissan LEAF. This incentive, which can be combined with federal tax credits and state rebates in Oregon and California for eligible customers, makes it easier than ever for Pacific Power customers to get on the road to cleaner driving.

 

 “Pacific Power customers can fuel electric cars like a LEAF for the equivalent of about $1 per gallon and eliminate tail pipe emissions, oil changes and trips to the gas station,” said Cory Scott, Pacific Power’s director of customer solutions. “This discount is one of the ways Pacific Power is helping customers take advantage of the healthy, easy and energy-efficient benefits of electric cars.”

 

Customers can bring a copy of their Pacific Power bill and a flyer with offer details to a participating Nissan dealership to receive a $3,000 discount off MSRP on a 2018 Nissan LEAF. All Pacific Power customers and employees qualify for the Nissan discount, which expires Sept. 30.

 

Nissan also offers 24 months of complimentary public charging at participating outlets in the Portland and Eugene areas.

 

This limited-time offer cannot be combined with any other Nissan special lease, APR or rebate.

 

Learn more about this offer at pacificpower.net/leaf, or visit Nissan USA to find a local Nissan dealer.

 

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About Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 740,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. The company works to meet growing energy demand while protecting and enhancing the environment. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with 1.9 million customers in six western states Information about Pacific Power is available on the company’s website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed via pacificpower.net.

Pacific Power brings smart meters to Northern California - 07/23/18

Pacific Power media hotline:                                      July 23, 2018  

1-800-570-5838                                                          FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 

Pacific Power brings smart meters to Northern California

The new meters, installed free of charge, help shorten outages, provide daily usage data, and keep the state of California a leader in using clean, renewable energy.

 

YREKA, Calif. — Pacific Power is bringing more efficient and effective smart meters to residents and businesses it serves in Northern California.

 

About 26,000 new meters will be installed in Yreka, Mount Shasta, Weed and other communities in Siskiyou County as well as parts of Shasta County. The installations are set to begin the week of July 23 in Mount Shasta and will continue in the area through November. In all, Pacific Power will replace more than 640,000 meters in Oregon and California from now through fall 2019.

 

“We’re installing smart meters here in Northern California as part of a regional upgrade for the homes and businesses we serve,” said Monte Mendenhall, Pacific Power’s regional business manager for Northern California. “It’s a project that will enable the communities we serve to take advantage of faster, more efficient energy technology.”

 

The new smart meters will:

 

  • Instantly track outages, meaning faster service response and shorter outages overall.
  • Let customers view their power usage hour-by-hour, so they can adjust their activity to reduce both their carbon footprint and bill.
  • Provide businesses with detailed usage reporting which will help them cut costs and make investments in items that help their businesses grow.
  • Update the grid to work more efficiently and better integrate renewable power sources.

Nationwide, more than 70 million smart meters are installed at homes and businesses, which includes half of all households in the U.S. Smart meters are a key component to updating the energy grid originally built for technology from 100 years ago. They also help Pacific Power hold down operating costs, improve customer service and reliability while maintaining the highest standards of security and customer privacy.

“This free upgrade brings a future of reliable and efficient power to our region,” said Mendenhall. “We are connecting communities throughout the region, improving the way we power our customers’ lives both at home and at work.”

 

Access to daily energy usage information will be available to customers via a secure website. The near real-time energy usage information will let customers better understand what is driving their electric bills and help them make decisions that can save energy and money. This capability will come about six weeks after a new meter is installed.

 

Here’s what customers can expect during the installation process:

 

  • Customers will be notified before installation through the mail and will receive detailed information about the new smart meters. Reminder calls will be made to customers as their scheduled installation date approaches.

 

  • Pacific Power’s authorized installer, Aclara, will arrive between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. to make installations. Installers will drive vehicles and carry badges that identify them as an authorized contractor of Pacific Power. Unless an electric meter is inside, they will not need to enter customer homes or businesses.

 

  • During the installation, Pacific Power technicians will remove the old meter, install the new meter, restore service and verify the new meter is working properly. This process will require a brief power outage (less than five minutes). The technicians will leave a door hanger to let customers know they were there, and successfully installed the new smart meter.
     
  • Pacific Power will manually read the newly installed smart meters for at least one month to confirm everything is working correctly. After confirmation activities are complete in the area, meter reading will happen remotely.
     
  • Approximately six weeks following the installation when all area installs are complete, customers can sign in to their Pacific Power account to access the newly available usage data. Customers can sign up for their web account here.

 

If customers have any concerns, have not received the proper series of notices or have any reason to think a notification is not legitimate, customers should hang up and call Pacific Power’s customer service at 1-800-221-7070 immediately to verify whether they are scheduled for an installation.

 

Additional information, including installation updates are available at www.pacificpower.net/smartmeter. Customers can also call 866-869-8520 for help with any questions.

 

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About Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 740,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. The company works to meet growing energy demand while protecting and enhancing the environment. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with 1.9 million customers in six western states Information about Pacific Power is available on the company’s website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed via pacificpower.net.

 

PacifiCorp receives additional state approvals, will move forward with major wind and transmission expansion plan - 07/23/18

Contact: Bob Gravely                                                                      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(503) 813-7282                                                                                                              July 23, 2018

PacifiCorp receives additional state approvals, will move forward with major wind and transmission expansion plan

Energy Vision 2020 will add 1,150 MW of new wind energy, repower 900 MW of existing wind resources and add 140 miles of new transmission

 

PORTLAND, Ore, July 23, 2018 – PacifiCorp is proceeding with plans to significantly expand its wind energy production after receiving the final two state approvals needed to move forward with the company’s Energy Vision 2020 initiative.

 

A favorable order from the Idaho Public Utilities Commission on July 20 followed approval from the Utah Public Service Commission on June 22. Wyoming, the third state in PacifiCorp’s six-state service territory that provides for regulatory review ahead of major capital investments, issued its conditional Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity on April 12, 2018. In addition, Oregon and Washington have signaled support for the Energy Vision 2020 initiative as part of PacifiCorp’s 2017 Integrated Resource Plan. 

 

PacifiCorp’s Energy Vision 2020 project adds three new wind projects in Wyoming that will provide a total 1,150 MW of new wind energy capacity, add a new 140-mile high-voltage transmission line, also in Wyoming, and repower 900 MW of existing wind resources in Wyoming and Washington. The new wind projects will increase the amount of owned and contracted wind capacity on PacifiCorp’s system by more than 60 percent and will add enough new wind energy to power more than 400,000 average homes by 2020. The repowering projects will upgrade the company’s existing wind fleet with longer blades and newer technology that will boost output by more than 25 percent and extend the life of the wind turbines.

 

“As this exciting initiative receives these approvals, we look forward to the benefits the projects will bring to all our customers in the form of low-cost renewable energy and a more robust transmission system,” said Cindy A. Crane, CEO, Rocky Mountain Power. “These investments will significantly expand the company’s Wyoming wind fleet and benefit both state and local economies.” Rocky Mountain Power is the division of PacifiCorp serving Idaho, Utah and Wyoming customers.

 

“We are very pleased to have reached this important regulatory milestone and to move forward with construction of these projects,” said Stefan Bird, president and CEO of Pacific Power, the division of PacifiCorp that serves customers in Oregon, Washington, and California. “Our Energy Vision 2020 plan is a win-win that supports our commitment to meet our customers future needs with affordable energy while continuing our transition to a clean energy future.”

 

PacifiCorp estimates its total investment for the Energy Vision 2020 projects will be just over $3 billion, a reduction from the initial $3.5 billion cost estimate when the projects were first announced in April 2017.  The lower cost estimate is due to changes in project scope and reduced project costs realized through a competitive procurement process. Completing the projects by 2020 will allow customers to realize the full benefit of production tax credits and provide a net savings for customers over the life of the projects.

 

Additional approvals, schedule.  In addition to the broad regulatory reviews and approvals in Wyoming, Utah and Idaho, the Industrial Siting Division of the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality took action approving the permit for the TB Flats project on June 22, 2018, which is one of the three new planned wind projects.

 

Oregon, Washington and California, do not have statutes that allow commissions to provide similar regulatory review prior to construction of major projects. In those states, the full review and prudency determinations will come later when the company seeks permission to recover project costs. Regulatory commissions in all states will continue to monitor and conduct reviews of the Energy Vision 2020 projects.  

 

Pending acquisition of remaining rights of way, receipt of permits, and execution of final contracts, construction on the projects is expected to start in 2019. The majority of the repowering projects are planned to be complete in 2019, with the remainder in 2020. Completion of the new wind and transmission projects also will occur in 2020.

 

Visit the following link for more information about Energy Vision 2020 www.pacificorp.com/ev2020

 

Visit the following link to see the July 20 Idaho Public Utilities Commission order

www.puc.idaho.gov/fileroom/cases/elec/PAC/PACE1707/ordnotc/20180720FINAL_ORDER_NO_34104.PDF

 

 

Visit the following link to see the June 25 Utah Public Service Commission order

https://pscdocs.utah.gov/electric/17docs/1703540/3030221703540o6-22-2018.pdf

 

 

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