PacifiCorp launches 4.3GW recyclables and storage procurement

PacifiCorp has started soliciting tenders for up to 4.3 gigawatts of wind, solar, and battery storage projects, a fraction of a solid clean-energy progress strategy that will unlock the facility’s six-state region to third-party recyclable energy developers.

During this week, all-source Request for Proposal (RFP) reveals hard aspects of the procurement strategy discharged this spring, advocating for a mix of recyclables and power storage that could be designed in time to confine the value of the refusing federal solar and wind tax credits. All projects need to be in a position to commence commercial procedure before 2024, if not they are pumped hydro schemes which need longer leading times.

While the RFP terms permit for bids for diverse technologies, the solicitation is built to support the long-range strategies laid out in the integrated resource plan of PacifiCorp filed in the last year. The approach broke a new position for the 1.9 million customer value by situating its first long-range targets for reinstating the coal energy it largely depends on today with a merge of solar and wind farms supported by power storage. 

The territory of PacifiCorp comprises of states that have laid down 100 percent clean power aims like Washington or have tried to do so, like Oregon. Others, such as Wyoming and Utah, have opposed pressure coming from protesters and local governments to follow his path. 

The integrated resource plan of PacifiCorp contained a short-term favored portfolio that directs the newly discharged RFP, comprising of 1,823 megawatts of latest battery power storage systems and 1,920 megawatts of latest wind resources. The preferred PacifiCorp portfolio includes strategies to close five coal making factories in Wyoming by the year 2028.

The integrated PacifiCorp resource strategy identifies Wyoming as the possible site of many of its latest wind energy, where the newest transmission lines are being constructed to confine the high wind potential of the state. It comprises Rocky Mountain Power’s Gateway West project. Its solar energy is being fundamentally targeted for Wyoming, Utah, Washington, and Oregon. 

During a departure from its distinctive approach of constructing and owning generation advantages itself, the new PacifiCorp RFP proposes two diverse business structures that will depart project development in the third party’s hands. They comprise power buying agreements of between 15 to 30 years and build transfer deals, where bidders extend projects and trade them to the utility.