Weekly News via Email
   Set as homepage | Add to favorites | Customer Service | Subscribe Now | Place an Ad | Contact Us | Sitemap Tuesday, 01.23.2018
News Archive
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
 1  2  3  4  5  6
 7  8  9  10  11  12  13
 14  15  16  17  18  19  20
 21  22  23  24  25  26  27
 28  29  30  31
Online Extras
Site Services
Around Bend
Outdoor Fun
Travel Info
Shop Local

Members Of

Poll: Today's Live Poll
Email to a friend | Print this | PDF version | Comments (0 posted) 
  Blogger |   del.icio.us |   digg |   newsvine

Jan 19,2007
PUC rejects PacifiCorp plan to build two coal plants
by Bend Weekly News Sources

Salem, OR -– This week the Oregon Public Utility Commission rejected PacifiCorp’s  request to conditionally approve a plan to seek bids to build two coal plants in order to meet growing energy demands.  The Commission found that the company failed to justify the need to acquire the amount and type of energy resources sought. And the company’s proposal was not consistent with its earlier acknowledged resource plan.
In the previously approved plan, PacifiCorp presented a preferred strategy that included short-term market purchases, renewable resources and conservation to meet growing resource demands in the eastern part of its system, primarily Utah.
“In its Request for Proposals we expected PacifiCorp to fully explore strategies that would allow the company to delay a commitment for a big new central generating plant,” Commission Chairman Lee Beyer said.  “It didn’t do that. We simply cannot conclude, based on the information provided to us, that it is reasonable for PacifiCorp to make a commitment of this magnitude without further study.”

Commission staff argued that PacifiCorp’s request for approval of 1,109 megawatts (MW) of new generating resources overstated its energy needs. Staff analysis indicated the need for 157 (MW) in 2012 and 335 MW in 2013.  The Commission agreed with staff’s analysis, and also concluded that PacifiCorp had failed to prove that base load resources are the best way to meet growing resource needs that are seasonal in nature, with the highest demand forecast for the summer months.
A coalition of customer group and others had opposed the plan because it included coal generation.
In its decision, the Commission declined to resolve issues related to CO2 risk at this time.  However, the Commission has opened a separate proceeding to review CO2 risk related to the expected cost, risk and uncertainties of coal resources. 
PacifiCorp has the option to submit a new plan to the Commission.
PacifiCorp is owned by MidAmerican Energy Holdings Inc. PacifiCorp serves approximately 530,000 customers in Oregon.

Link to Commission Order 07-018

2058 times read

Related news
PUC approves sale of Cascade Natural Gas by Bend_Weekly_News_Sources posted on Jun 08,2007

Oregon PUC blasts recent court decision that will drive up energy rates by Bend_Weekly_News_Sources posted on May 25,2007

OPUC Shrinks PGE Rate Request by Bend Weekly News Sources posted on Jan 15,2007

Oregon Transportation Commission approves Oregon Transportation Plan by Bend Weekly News Sources posted on Sep 26,2006

PUC stumps for BPA rate hike remedy by Bend_Weekly_News_Sources posted on Jun 01,2007

Did you enjoy this article? Rating: 5.00Rating: 5.00Rating: 5.00Rating: 5.00Rating: 5.00 (total 7 votes)

Market Information
Breaking News
Most Popular
Most Commented
Featured Columnist
Horoscope Guide
Aquarius Aquarius Libra Libra
Aries Aries Pisces Pisces
Cancer Cancer Sagittarius Sagittarius
Capricorn Capricorn Scorpio Scorpio
Gemini Gemini Taurus Taurus
Leo Leo Virgo Virgo
Local Attractions
Bend Visitors & Convention Bureau
Bend Visitors & Convention Bureau

Mt. Bachelor Resort
Mt. Bachelor Resort

Les Schwab Ampitheater
Les Schwab Ampitheater

Deschutes County Fairgrounds
Deschutes County

Tower Theatre
Tower Theatre

The High Desert Museum


Deschutes County

  Web    BendWeekly.com
© 2006 Bend Weekly News
A .Com Endeavors, Inc. Company.
All Rights Reserved. Terms under
which this service is provided to you.
Please read our Privacy Policy. Contact us.
Bend Weekly News & Event Guide Online
   Save the Net
External sites open in new window,
not endorsed by BendWeekly.com
Subscribe in NewsGator Online
Add to Google Add to MSN Add to My AOL
What are RSS headlines?