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Pacific Power reaches major transmission milestone in Wyoming - 11/19/20

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Nov. 19, 2020                                                                                                                                                                             

 

Pacific Power reaches major transmission milestone in Wyoming

Completion of key transmission link brings more low-cost renewable energy to customers across the West

 

PORTLAND, Ore. — Pacific Power energized a major transmission line addition this month, completing a key part of its work to connect new low-cost renewables to customers and communities from the Rocky Mountains to the West Coast.

 

This expansion is part of Pacific Power’s ambitious and innovative $3.1 billion Energy Vision 2020 project announced in 2017 that includes expansive investments in renewable energy generation in Wyoming, Oregon and Washington. It includes a new 140-mile high-voltage power line that stretches from the newly built Aeolus substation near Medicine Bow, Wyoming, to the new Anticline substation and existing Jim Bridger substation near Rock Springs, Wyoming.

 

The project employs advanced technologies to improve voltage control and overall system reliability that serve customers across the West under high renewable energy concentration. These key segments are part of the company’s ambitious multi-state Energy Gateway transmission expansion project begun in 2007 that serves as the foundation for the company’s plan to deliver a sustainable clean energy future.

 

“This $700 million transmission project was completed on schedule and on budget, overcoming challenges resulting from the impacts of COVID-19 and before the onset of Wyoming’s winter weather,” said Stefan Bird, president and CEO. “I would like to thank our dedicated project management team and nearly 700 skilled contractors at the peak of construction for making this project a success. Our team’s successful planning and execution of this industry-leading endeavor and overcoming the challenges of a global pandemic speaks volumes to their talent and commitment. Most importantly, we are pleased to deliver the exceptional value of these projects to our customers for generations to come while simultaneously uplifting rural economies we are privileged to serve.”

 

Combined, the Energy Vision 2020 projects are expected to deliver $450 million in customer savings over the life of the projects and create new job opportunities while delivering tens of millions of dollars in tax revenue to support rural communities.

 

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About Pacific Power

Pacific Power provides safe and reliable electric service to more than 770,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. The company works to meet customers’ growing electricity needs while protecting and enhancing the environment. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity providers in the United States and operates the largest privately held grid in the West with over 16,500 miles of high voltage transmission that connects customers and communities across ten states. More information available at www.pacificpower.net.

Be prepared: Windstorm forecast for coastal areas, western valleys - 11/16/20

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Pacific Power media hotline: 503-813-6018

 

Be prepared: Windstorm forecast for coastal areas, western valleys

Check your Emergency Outage Kit, charge mobile devices, avoid any downed lines, call 1-877-508-5088 to report outages

 

ALBANY, Ore. (Nov. 16, 2020) – With wet and windy weather forecast for coastal areas and western valleys in coming days, Pacific Power reminds its customers and the public in western Oregon and northern California to take precautions to stay safe and comfortable.

 

“Windstorms can cause extensive damage that lead to power outages,” said Allen Berreth, vice president, operations. “We are always prepared to respond with crews at the ready, to repair damage as fast as possible and reduce the amount of time any customer is without service.”

 

To ensure that you are prepared for outages, we ask that every home maintain an Emergency Outage Kit that includes the following:

 

  • Flashlight
  • Battery-operated radio and clock
  • Extra batteries
  • Non-perishable foods
  • Manual can opener
  • Bottled water
  • Blankets

 

If a power outage occurs, Pacific Power encourages customers to first check their fuses and circuit breakers. If the power failure is not caused inside the home or business, customers should report the outage to Pacific Power at 1-877-508-5088.

 

For more information about preparing for storms go to pacificpower.net/outages-safety or

Para obtener consejos de preparación para las tormentas y seguridad durante apagones, visite: pacificpower.net/es/apagones/centro-de-tormentas

 

Get the App. The Pacific Power App for mobile devices can become invaluable during an outage. You can report and track an outage affecting you from your mobile device. The app is free and can be downloaded on the App Store or Google Play. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net/app.

 

Pacific Power suggests these safety precautions:
 

  • Stay away from all downed power lines and utility lines. Even if the lines are not sparking, they could be energized and extremely dangerous. Call 911 and report the outage to Pacific Power at 1-877-508-5088.
  • Extensive rain may cause flooding or landslides. Be especially careful of any standing water or even soggy ground. A live down wire may seem to be a safe distance away, but it is still extremely dangerous due to wet conditions.
  • Don’t drive over downed power lines.

 

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Be prepared: Windstorm forecast for coastal areas, western valleys - 11/16/20

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Pacific Power media hotline: 503-813-6018

 

Be prepared: Windstorm forecast for coastal areas, western valleys

Check your Emergency Outage Kit, charge mobile devices, avoid any downed lines, call 1-877-508-5088 to report outages

 

MEDFORD, Ore. (Nov. 16, 2020) – With wet and windy weather forecast for coastal areas and western valleys in coming days, Pacific Power reminds its customers and the public in western Oregon and northern California to take precautions to stay safe and comfortable.

 

“Windstorms can cause extensive damage that lead to power outages,” said Allen Berreth, vice president, operations. “We are always prepared to respond with crews at the ready, to repair damage as fast as possible and reduce the amount of time any customer is without service.”

 

To ensure that you are prepared for outages, we ask that every home maintain an Emergency Outage Kit that includes the following:

 

  • Flashlight
  • Battery-operated radio and clock
  • Extra batteries
  • Non-perishable foods
  • Manual can opener
  • Bottled water
  • Blankets

 

If a power outage occurs, Pacific Power encourages customers to first check their fuses and circuit breakers. If the power failure is not caused inside the home or business, customers should report the outage to Pacific Power at 1-877-508-5088.

 

For more information about preparing for storms go to pacificpower.net/outages-safety or

Para obtener consejos de preparación para las tormentas y seguridad durante apagones, visite: pacificpower.net/es/apagones/centro-de-tormentas

 

Get the App. The Pacific Power App for mobile devices can become invaluable during an outage. You can report and track an outage affecting you from your mobile device. The app is free and can be downloaded on the App Store or Google Play. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net/app.

 

Pacific Power suggests these safety precautions:
 

  • Stay away from all downed power lines and utility lines. Even if the lines are not sparking, they could be energized and extremely dangerous. Call 911 and report the outage to Pacific Power at 1-877-508-5088.
  • Extensive rain may cause flooding or landslides. Be especially careful of any standing water or even soggy ground. A live down wire may seem to be a safe distance away, but it is still extremely dangerous due to wet conditions.
  • Don’t drive over downed power lines.

 

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Swift Forest Camp boat ramp to be closed due to low water level - 11/13/20

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PacifiCorp Media Hotline: 503-813-6018

 

Swift Forest Camp boat ramp to be closed due to low water level

 

COUGAR, Wash. (Nov. 13, 2020) — The Swift Reservoir elevation has dropped below the level that allows safe motorized boat launch at PacifiCorp’s Swift Forest Camp ramp. Swift Forest Camp will remain open for use by hunters or anglers through Nov. 30, 2020.

 

The water level has dropped due to the need to release water to the lower Lewis River and the fact that rain has been below normal this fall. Lewis River reservoir levels during the fall months are subject to available inflows, downstream flow requirements, flood storage and power demand.

 

Under the PacifiCorp’s Federal Energy Regulatory Commission license, the company is  required to continuously release certain amounts of river flow at Merwin Dam for downstream aquatic resources. Starting on Nov. 1, minimum flows increased from 2,500 cubic feet per second to 4,200 cubic feet per second, which is well in excess of the natural inflows we have been averaging into the project

 

In addition, FERC requires that PacifiCorp manage the reservoirs to provide storage space for flood control. These requirements and climatic conditions have resulted in the current elevation of Swift Reservoir.

 

Operations are in place to store water in the reservoirs in a way that meets flood control storage, flow requirements at Merwin dam and the near-term flow forecast. As a reminder, reservoir levels are always subject to fluctuation depending on the water management and generational needs of the hydroelectric projects and PacifiCorp cannot guarantee what daily water levels may be in the reservoirs.

 

If you have any questions, please call our recreation line at 503-813-6666.

 

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Pacific Power's Blue Sky renewable energy program keeps delivering for customers - 11/09/20

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Media Hotline                                                             Nov. 9, 2020  

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Pacific Power’s Blue Sky renewable energy program keeps delivering for customers

Customer choices make Blue Sky No. 3 in participants and

in total renewable energy sales in national awards

PORTLAND, Ore. — Thanks to over 79,000 residential and business customers who choose Pacific Power’s Blue Sky renewable energy, the popular program ranks third in a national study by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).  

            The NREL recently released its ranking of leading utility green power programs based on 2019 data. For the 18th consecutive year, PacifiCorp’s Blue Sky program – which includes Pacific Power and Rocky Mountain Power customers – is being recognized.

            “One-by-one our customers are choosing to make an impact by supporting additional renewable energy and local community projects through Blue Sky,” said Cory Scott, managing director of customer solutions. “We’re immensely proud of our Blue Sky program and participants for achieving this national recognition. Their ongoing support allows us to continue growing the program as we have since 2000, when we became one of the first utilities in the nation to make voluntary renewable energy options available.”

Pacific Power Blue Sky participation consistently increases about 6 percent year over year. Continual growth is anticipated in the future as increasing numbers of customers choose to support renewable energy.

 

“Our Blue Sky participants voluntarily support our program to help bring renewable energy awareness into the forefront of everyday life and lead the way toward a more robust renewable energy future,” said Scott.

 

How Blue Sky Works

Blue Sky allows customers to match their energy usage with the purchase of renewable energy credits (RECs). It’s a simple way for participants to support new renewable energy in the West, above and beyond PacifiCorp’s substantial and growing commitment to renewables.
 

            Funds from Blue Sky participants’ support has allowed Pacific Power to partner with community organizations to fund more than 130 local renewable projects over the years. These projects have helped community organizations save money on electricity costs and further invest in their missions.

 

            Pacific Power customers who want to sign up for a renewable power option may call Pacific Power toll free at 800-769-3717 or visit www.pacificpower.net/bluesky.

                The Top 10 utility green pricing program listing is compiled by the NREL n the following categories: total sales of renewable energy, total number of customer participants, customer participation rate, green power as a percentage of overall sales, price premium and percentage of solar energy.

                NREL green power rankings are available online at : https://www.nrel.gov/analysis/green-power.html

 

 

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About Blue Sky

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has ranked Blue Sky fifth or better in the nation for the 18th consecutive year in the number of customers buying renewable power. The program is Green-e Energy certified, which means the renewable energy supported meets the rigorous national environmental and consumer-protection standards established by the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions. Over 79,000 Pacific Power customers currently participate in the Blue Sky program across Oregon, Washington and California. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net/bluesky.

 

About Pacific Power

Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 770,000 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 providers in the United States, with almost 2 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.