PacifiCorp will lean on the wholesale power market to meet the bulk of its summer and winter peaking capacity needs over the next decade, according to the utility's 2019 integrated resource plan filed with state regulators Oct. 18.
PacifiCorp would close 16 of its 24 coal units, add nearly 7,000 MW of new renewable energy and build 400 miles of transmission line over the next decade to accelerate decarbonization of its system, according to its draft 2019 integrated resource plan.
The Bonneville Power Administration moved a step closer to joining the Western Energy Imbalance Market on Sept. 26, by signing an implementation agreement with the California Independent System Operator that will allow BPA to further consider participating in the market.
The Bonneville Power Administration appears to be on the verge of taking the next step in potentially joining the Western Energy Imbalance Market operated by the California Independent System Operator.
PacifiCorp continues to see dramatic savings from early retirement of some of its coal fleet and switching to renewables and natural gas in modeling for its 2019 integrated resource plan.