By Editors of Power Engineering
PacifiCorp issued a sweeping RFP for at least 1.1 GW of new wind generation to serve customers across six states.
Though the RFP would expand the amount of wind power owned by or under contract from PacifiCorp by 35 percent, the exact capacity of the new resources will depend upon the response from the market.
“We have a golden opportunity to cost effectively expand the amount of renewable energy serving customers,” said Stefan Bird, president and CEO of Pacific Power, the unit of PacifiCorp that serves customers in Oregon, Washington, and California. “These new wind resources are a key part of the company’s plan to both meet customer energy needs and continue our cost-conscious transition to less carbon-intensive energy.”
PacifiCorp’s Energy Vision 2020 initiative will also repower the company’s existing wind fleet with longer blades and build a new 140-mile high-voltage transmission line in Wyoming.
Projects are expected to be finished by 2020. RFP bids are due by October 17 for Wyoming projects and October 24 for non-Wyoming projects.