Avista says its just-filed 2021 integrated resource plan will meet customer needs through 2025 using owned and contracted generation, together with conservation and market purchases, but foresees the use of natural gas-fired peakers in the longer term.
Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, a 45-member wholesale cooperative based in Colorado and serving electric distribution co-ops in four states, says 100 percent of its member load will be served by entities involved in either an energy imbalance market or a regional transmiss…
Under a memorandum of understanding signed April 1, Energy Northwest and X-energy will support the development of an 80 MW advanced nuclear reactor on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, in eastern Washington, with the aim of bringing it on line by 2027.
Puget Sound Energy sees biodiesel as the best option to firm up the 4.4 GW of renewable resources it expects to add to its portfolio over the next 20 years, according to the utility's integrated resource plan filed April 1 with state regulators [UE-200304].
Puget Sound Energy submitted an all-resource generation request for proposals with state regulators April 1 [UE-210220] that is looking to add up to 1,506 MW of capacity resources and 1,942 GWh of resources.
California ISO leadership approved a wide-ranging set of rules on March 24 meant to better prepare the electricity grid for high temperatures and surging air-conditioning demand this summer.
Rapid construction of renewable resources in the Northwest and beyond could push down average power bills in the region later this decade, according to preliminary modeling for the Northwest Power and Conservation Council's 2021 Power Plan.
Fields of solar panels and battery storage units will dominate California's energy scene through 2045, while firm zero-carbon energy resources, such as hydropower, geothermal and nuclear, will see little to no growth, according to a major report issued this week by the state's energy agencies.
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is delaying by almost three weeks a decision to evaluate proposals to use Lake Roosevelt for pumped storage, citing the "complexity and location of the project" as the reasons.
The effort in California to better prepare the electric grid for the coming summer became more official as Western EIM officials approved a series of rule changes aimed at improving reliability.
Washington regulators heard broad opposition to any possibility of new natural gas-fired resources in Puget Sound Energy's draft integrated resource plan, at a Feb. 26 hearing.
British Columbia Premier John Horgan says there was no choice in his government's decision to recommit to completing the half-finished Site C hydroelectric project on the Peace River in northeastern B.C., saying it's beyond the point of no return.
Portland General Electric continued to recover from the Valentine's Day weekend storms that impacted nearly half of its customers and by Feb. 26 had only about 920 customers still without power.
Washington and Oregon regulators have extended the moratorium on disconnections for electric and natural gas customers of investor-owned utilities experiencing financial hardships from the COVID-19 pandemic.
A series of winter storms over Valentine's Day weekend caused "catastrophic damage" to Portland General Electric's system and left hundreds of thousands of Oregonians without power for several days.
Millions of customers across the central and south-central United States lost electricity and heat this week amid freezing weather from a blast of Arctic air that coincided with historic generation losses across thermal and renewable assets, system operators reported.
Intel has joined Portland General Electric's voluntary renewable energy buying program, enabling the development of a 138 MW solar facility, the utility announced Feb. 11.
Communication, collaboration and candor are critical to keeping grids balanced and lights on across the West in coming years, and meeting the challenges this presents will be easier if the West is working together.
Regional collaboration and coordination will be key if California and the rest of the West are to maintain a reliable electricity grid in the face of many changes swirling in the region, the head of California's grid operator said.
Electricity grid experts are not brimming with confidence about the reliability of California's energy system, judging by comments at a recent panel discussion.
Coordinated planning among different types of load-serving entities with an array of available resources will be key to meeting California's reliability and decarbonization goals, speakers said during a Jan. 29 panel discussion.
Delivering reliable electricity in California this summer will require "deliberate and ongoing collaboration" among the state's energy regulatory bodies, particularly as more battery storage is installed in the Golden State, an advisor with the California ISO said.
The Southwest Power Pool launched its new energy imbalance services market on Feb. 1 with some key Western utilities participating, but at least one new member—Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association—says the move is a placeholder until it joins a regional transmission organization.
Energy efficiency could soon lose its long-held top spot as the Northwest's cheapest resource as natural gas, wind and solar generation are expected to cost less than energy conservation by the 2030s.
Puget Sound Energy announced Jan. 21 a carbon reduction plan setting an aspirational goal of being a "Beyond Net Zero Carbon Company by 2045" that includes having net-zero carbon emissions for electric operations and supply by 2030 and being 100 percent carbon-free by 2045.
PNGC Power is calling for the region to begin working to establish a Northwest regional transmission organization/independent system operator.
Puget Sound Energy's draft 2021 integrated resource plan has some eye-popping numbers in its myriad projections: nearly 1 million electric vehicles; 4,462 MW of renewable resources; 750 MW of battery storage.
An atmospheric river that caught forecasters off guard swept across the Pacific Northwest starting late on Jan. 12, leaving landslides, flooding, snapped trees, downed power lines, and extensive outages in its wake.
The first of TransAlta's two 670 MW coal-fired plants in Centralia permanently shut down on Dec. 31, per a 2011 agreement with Washington as part of ongoing efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the state.
"Urgency" is the word of the day as the California ISO rushes to put in place a series of market rules and procedural changes before the searing heat of another California summer drives up power demand.
A minor provision in a major spending bill that passed Congress Dec. 21 and was later signed into law may be the first step in removing power generation from federal obligations at three of the Willamette Valley Project's 13 dams.
Oregon came in ninth place again in the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy's (ACEEE) 2020 state scorecard released Dec. 16, while Washington dropped out of the top 10, falling one spot to 11th.
New sensor technology and predictive models employing machine-learning methods under development by Chelan County PUD already are showing how they can reduce forced outages and unnecessary maintenance for the utility's hydropower fleet. One tool already is in beta testing, while others are i…
A wave of coal retirements means the Northwest faces a 15 percent chance emergency action will be required to keep the lights on at least once in 2025, according to the Northwest Power and Conservation Council's preliminary regional resource adequacy assessment.
Portland General Electric and Daimler Trucks North America announced on Dec. 1 they will co-develop a public charging station for medium- and heavy-duty electric commercial vehicles that is expected to be the first of its kind in the U.S.
Puget Sound Energy announced Dec. 1 its Green Direct customers are receiving generation from the 136.8 MW Skookumchuck wind facility, on the same day TransAlta completed acquisition of a 49 percent stake in the project.
There are sufficient resources nationwide to maintain reliable electricity supply, but there are fuel supply concerns for New England and California, the nation's reliability organization said in a new report.
Portland General Electric on Nov. 18 announced an ambitious greenhouse gas reduction goal that commits it to acquiring only noncarbon emitting energy resources over the next 20 years.
For the first time, LEDs became the majority product in the Northwest nonresidential lighting sector in 2019, when they accounted for 52 percent of unit sales, according to an annual survey published in September and conducted by BPA and the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance.
Chelan County PUD is fine-tuning a plan to stamp out "heat or eat" situations, in which a customer may face a choice between paying a power bill and buying groceries or other necessities.
Installing carbon-capture technology at Montana's Colstrip coal-fired power plant would cost about $1.3 billion upfront, plus about $100 million in annual upkeep and operating expenses, according to a recently acquired 2018 study commissioned by U.S. DOE's Office of Fossil Energy.
A surprise drop in frequency and voltage on the Pacific DC Intertie on Sept. 6 may have caused a spike in blood pressure among grid operators, but fail-safe mechanisms on the California-Oregon Intertie kicked in and successfully protected the grid.
Arch Coal announced Oct. 22 it plans to slash its mining operations in the Powder River Basin and look to sell some of its assets, dealing another potential economic blow to Wyoming coal country.
Washington regulators want Puget Sound Energy to come back in the spring with a new all-resource generation request for proposals aimed at moving the utility toward complying with the state's clean energy mandates.
A next-generation nuclear resource is closer to becoming reality after a recent infusion of funds from the U.S. Department of Energy and the support of 32 Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems members that have committed to continue their participation in the Carbon Free Power Project, a 7…
At 11:56 a.m. on Oct. 15, the coal-fired Boardman Generating Station generated its last megawatt, and was taken permanently off line by Portland General Electric.
Environmentalists and the hydropower industry will work together to address the impacts of climate change by promoting the renewable energy and storage benefits of hydropower and the environmental and economic benefits of healthy rivers, according to a deal brokered by Stanford University.
Idaho Power could completely exit the North Valmy coal-fired plant by the end of 2022, three years earlier than previously planned, according to the latest amendment of its integrated resource plan.
Climate change-induced extreme heat, a failure to meet planning targets and certain practices in the day-ahead electricity market were the main factors in California's rolling blackouts in mid-August, a multiagency report says.