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[CU 1821 / October 13, 2017]
OPUC Staff Recommends Against Acknowledging PacifiCorp 2017 IRP
The Oregon PUC should not acknowledge PacifiCorp’s 2017 Integrated Resource Plan because the utility has failed to demonstrate the need to invest $3.5 billion in wind resources and a new transmission line, Oregon PUC staff has recommended. Staff’s recommendation, released Oct. 6, is a blow to PacifiCorp’s Energy Vision 2020 plan, which calls for adding up to 1,270 MW of new wind resources, repowering 999 MW of its existing wind fleet and building a 140-mile section of the Gateway West transmission project in Wyoming.
Washington UTC Pushes Utilities to Consider Energy Storage
Energy storage defies the standard IRP models, making it difficult for investor-owned utilities in Washington to justify the costs. To address this problem, the Washington UTC laid out a new approach for the industry in a policy statement issued Oct. 11.
Thousands of PG&E Customers Without Power as California Wildfires Continue
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Nearly 29,000 Pacific Gas & Electric customers did not have access to power on Oct. 13, due to devastating wildfires that have also resulted in 31 deaths in Northern California. Authorities are still trying to determine the cause of the fires, but some suspect the utility’s downed wires may be to blame for sparking blazes.
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