Portland General Electric on June 15 asked the Oregon PUC to approve the consulting firm of Bates White to be the independent evaluator for the utility's upcoming 2021 all-source request for proposals [UM 2166].

The utility hopes to get a decision from OPUC on the evaluator by July 13, and will file a draft RFP with the commission on Aug. 25, aiming for release of the final version in November.

PGE's 2019 integrated resource plan identified a need for approximately 500 MW of capacity, but the utility has been chipping away at its projected capacity deficit. Earlier this month, the utility announced it was in negotiations with the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs to extend its power purchase agreement for the tribe's share of the 500 MW Pelton Round Butte hydroelectric project and the net output from its re-regulation plant (CU No. 2007 [13]).

If those bilateral negotiations are successful, PGE says its capacity needs will drop to 287 MW, leaving the utility to find 150 aMW of renewable energy and 150 MW of non-emitting dispatchable capacity resources.

In addition to adding renewable resources and non-emitting dispatchable capacity, PGE intends to procure up to 100 MW of new wind, solar or hybrid renewable and battery storage resources for its Green Future Impact program.

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Steve began covering energy policy and resource development in the Pacific Northwest in 1999. He’s been editor of Clearing Up since 2003, and has been a fellow at the Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources and University of Texas.