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PacifiCorp acquires full ownership of Foote Creek I wind project to pave the way for repowering - 08/13/19

PacifiCorp acquires full ownership of Foote Creek I wind project to pave the way for repowering

 

Transaction adds more renewable energy to PacifiCorp’s portfolio and leads to an upgrade of one of the West’s first wind facilities with dramatically advanced modern turbines.

 

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Aug. 13, 2019) — PacifiCorp has acquired sole ownership of the Foote Creek I wind generation facility, a 41.4-megawatt renewable energy project in Carbon County, Wyoming, and is proceeding to repower the project with new turbine technology that will increase energy output of the entire facility by 60 percent. The repowered facility will produce enough energy to meet the needs of 19,500 typical homes in PacifiCorp’s service territory. It is anticipated that the project will generate an additional $14 million in tax revenue for rural Wyoming communities over the next 30 years.

 

Foote Creek I was the company's first wind facility and the first utility-scale wind project in Wyoming, a jointly owned demonstration project commissioned in 1999 with PacifiCorp and the Eugene Water & Electric Board (EWEB) as co-owners and supported with a power purchase agreement with the Bonneville Power Administration (Bonneville). The success of the facility and ongoing technological advancements led PacifiCorp to invest billions of dollars in low-cost wind energy, create associated tax revenue benefits and new wind energy jobs in rural communities in Wyoming, Washington, and Oregon. PacifiCorp is today the largest regulated utility owner of wind assets in the West. 

 

“Twenty-one years ago, PacifiCorp and its partners’ development of Foote Creek I helped pave the way for utility-scale wind energy as an industry-defining demonstration project,” said Stefan Bird, president and CEO of Pacific Power. “Today, this new investment in the project builds on our vision to even better harness wind energy and power the grid with increased efficiency, delivering even more low-cost, renewable energy to our customers.”

 

PacifiCorp will begin the process of repowering the Foote Creek I facility by removing the 68 existing 600-kilowatt wind turbine generators originally installed between 1998 and 1999 and replacing them with 13 new modern turbines with a  much higher output capability that will be supported by new foundations, along with new energy collector circuits, switchgear and controls. The result is significantly fewer wind turbines needed to produce an equivalent peak output, while dramatically increasing the energy production from the facility.

 

Repowering in 2020 will requalify the facility for federal production tax credits, which will be passed on as savings to PacifiCorp customers. It will also reduce ongoing operating costs associated with the older turbine equipment. The repowering project will extend the useful life of the facility by more than two decades, creating substantial ongoing benefits for customers when instead the facility would otherwise have been retired from service. The wind turbines only occupy about one percent of the land they are housed upon, thereby allowing the property to continue supporting traditional land uses such as grazing livestock.

 

“Acquiring full ownership and repowering Foote Creek I provides a unique opportunity to upgrade the company’s oldest wind plant, located in one of the most favorable wind energy sites in Wyoming, applying the latest technology so that it can continue to serve our customers well into the future,” said Gary Hoogeveen, president and CEO of Rocky Mountain Power.

 

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About PacifiCorp: A leader in renewable energy development, PacifiCorp provides affordable, reliable power to more than 1.9 million customers in six Western states. A Berkshire Hathaway Energy company, PacifiCorp operates as Rocky Mountain Power in Utah, Wyoming, and Idaho and as Pacific Power in Washington, Oregon, and California. Learn more at www.pacificorp.com.

 

FERC formally acknowledges completion of PacifiCorp decommissioning of the Condit Hydroelectric Project - 08/07/19

FERC formally acknowledges completion of PacifiCorp decommissioning of the Condit Hydroelectric Project

PORTLAND, Ore (August 7, 2019) —The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has formally acknowledged the completion of all requirements for PacifiCorp’s physical decommissioning and removal of the Condit Dam. Once the only man-made impoundment between Mt. Adams and the Columbia River, the 125-foot dam was one of the largest dams ever removed in the United States.  

The 13.7-megawatt Condit Project, located on the White Salmon River in Skamania and Klickitat counties, Washington, was completed in 1913 and produced hydroelectricity for the paper industry in Washington and the growing communities in and near Portland, Ore. After nearly a century of serving customers, PacifiCorp began in late August 2011 to physically remove the dam, fulfilling a multi-party settlement agreement signed in 1999.

Steps involved in decommissioning the Condit project included constructing new bridge piers for the Northwestern Lake Road bridge to provide public access across the White Salmon River, relocation of a City of White Salmon waterline and removing the dam and remaining facilities. The historic powerhouse remains intact. 

The surrender of the FERC license by PacifiCorp marks the restoration of approximately 33 miles of historic spawning and rearing area for steelhead and 14 miles for salmon in the White Salmon River basin.

Video of the dramatic removal of the Condit Dam and the ensuing reclamation can be seen here: https://www.pacificorp.com/energy/hydro/condit.html

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About PacifiCorp: A leader in renewable energy development, PacifiCorp provides affordable, reliable power to more than 1.9 million customers in six Western states. A Berkshire Hathaway Energy company, PacifiCorp operates as Rocky Mountain Power in Utah, Wyoming, and Idaho and as Pacific Power in Washington, Oregon, and California. Learn more at www.pacificorp.com.

 

Electric vehicle charging station projects across Oregon receive funding from Pacific Power grant program - 07/31/19

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7/31/2019

Electric vehicle charging station projects across Oregon receive funding from Pacific Power grant program

In addition to the popular Pacific Power grant program, local organizations can also enroll in a free electric charging station technical assistance program.  

PORTLAND, ORE. – More Oregon cities are getting help with charging-up from a Pacific Power grant program. Electric vehicle charging station projects from Pendleton to Grants Pass – 9 in all – will receive up to 100% of eligible costs. The program is designed to assist non-profits, local governments and businesses with providing employees, customers and the general public with more options to charge electric vehicles. Launched in late 2018, the electric charging station grant program has awarded over $700,000 to 25 recipients in Oregon. 

“We are thrilled by the high level of interest the electric vehicle charging station grant program has received,” said Cory Scott, director of customer solutions. “Charging stations are a key piece of infrastructure that is becoming increasingly in-demand as more people switch to electric-based vehicles. This is one of the many ways Pacific Power is helping make the transition to electric-powered vehicles easier with more charging options for commuters.”  

Recent Grant Recipients:

  • City of Pendleton – Pendleton, Ore. (3 ports)
  • City of Myrtle Creek – Myrtle Creek, Ore. (2 ports)
  • Mt. Ashland Ski Area – Ashland, Ore. (2 ports)
  • Softstar Shoes – Philomath, Ore. ( 2 ports)
  • JAB, LLC – Medford, Ore. (8 ports)
  • Fort George Brewery – Astoria, Ore. (1 port)
  • 7th Mountain Resort – Bend, Ore. (2 ports)
  • Westside Yard – Bend, Ore. (6 ports)
  • CHI Hospitality – Grants Pass, Ore. (1 port)

Pacific Power is providing grant funding to help non-residential customers develop community-driven electric transportation infrastructure projects. This round of grant funding will award nearly $300,000 to Oregon-based workplace charging and publicly accessible charging station projects that advance transportation electrification.

Funding awards will cover up to 100 percent of the project cost. All non-residential Pacific Power customers in California, Oregon, and Washington are eligible to apply with preference given to community-focused organizations, such as 501(c)(3) and city, county and regional governments.

Applications will be accepted up to August 15, 2019 at 5:00 PM. Recipients will be announced October 2019.

In addition to the electric vehicle charging station grant program, Pacific Power also offers a free electric charging station technical assistance program. The program supports non-residential customers with evaluating charging station installation options and costs. The technical assistance program is available at no cost and includes a site visit, analysis of electric vehicle technology options, costs, rates, and best practices for siting, configuring, installing and managing equipment.

For detailed eligibility requirements, charging station project qualifications, additional technical assistance program details, application forms and more information about the benefits of electric vehicles, please visit www.pacificpower.net/ev.

Materials may be submitted to plugin@pacificpower.net.

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Pacific Power crews aiding local responders during Milepost 97 fire - 07/29/19

Pacific Power crews aiding local responders during Milepost 97 fire

Continued service and safety of firefighters remain top priority

 

From David Lucas, vice president of operations, Pacific Power:

 

We are watching the Milepost 97 fire closely and working with fire-fighting authorities across Southern Oregon. A few Pacific Power pole structures were damaged by the fire, but this caused no customer outages. Now that the fire has passed these damaged areas, Pacific Power crews have been allowed into the areas and repairs are being made.

 

We continue to inspect our system to ensure reliability. We are working closely with firefighting crews to ensure their safety and ability to effectively do their jobs. Working ahead of the fire, we are pruning back vegetation and wrapping structures in a fireproofing material. If anything changes concerning the course of the fire, we will promptly inform the communities involved.

 

If you have any questions about your service, please contact our call center any time, 1-888-221-7070.

Continued service and safety of firefighters remain top priority

From David Lucas, vice president of operations, Pacific Power:

 

We are watching the Milepost 97 fire closely and working with fire-fighting authorities across Southern Oregon. A few Pacific Power pole structures were damaged by the fire, but this caused no customer outages. Now that the fire has passed these damaged areas, Pacific Power crews have been allowed into the areas and repairs are being made.

 

We continue to inspect our system to ensure reliability. We are working closely with firefighting crews to ensure their safety and ability to effectively do their jobs. Working ahead of the fire, we are pruning back vegetation and wrapping structures in a fireproofing material. If anything changes concerning the course of the fire, we will promptly inform the communities involved.

 

If you have any questions about your service, please contact our call center any time, 1-888-221-7070.