U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
PacifiCorp Seeks 1,100 Megawatts of Renewable Energy
February 11, 2004
PacifiCorp, a utility that serves much of the northwestern United
States, announced on February 5th that it is seeking to add up to
1,100 megawatts of new renewable energy resources in the next seven
years. The company had just received final regulatory approval to
issue its request for proposals, which is one of the largest requests
for renewable energy yet issued in the United States. In the region of
Oregon, Washington, and northern California, PacifiCorp seeks to add
100 megawatts by 2005, another 200 megawatts by 2007, and yet another
200 megawatts by 2009. In the region of Idaho, Utah, and Wyoming, the
company seeks to add 200 megawatts every two years, from 2006 to 2010.
By 2013, PacifiCorp's Integrated Resource Plan calls for the addition
of 1,400 megawatts of new renewable energy sources. See the PacifiCorp press release.
PacifiCorp is holding a bidder's conference today in Portland, Oregon.
Proposals are due on March 9th, and the company aims to have
agreements in place by mid-June. See the PacifiCorp request for proposals.
The news is sure to add extra excitement to the World Renewable Energy
Congress (WREC), to be held in Denver, Colorado, from August 28th
through September 3rd. The conference—billed as the world's
premiere conference on renewable energy—is sponsored in part by
DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and the
American Council on Renewable Energy, and will be hosted by DOE's
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). NREL is also working with
the Infinity Expo Group to host the Energy Technology Expo and
Conference (ETEC), which will be co-located with WREC. ETEC runs from
August 31st through September 1st. See the WREC and ETEC Web pages.