Rocky Mountain Power seeks bids for major wind power expansion

“Energy Vision 2020” plan sees opportunity for at least 1,100 MW of new wind

Rocky Mountain Power, a division of PacifiCorp, is formally seeking proposals to build new wind projects by 2020 as part of a broader wind and transmission expansion plan.

The request for proposal (RFP), issued Sept. 27, establishes a competitive bidding process for the company to select the most cost-effective way to add at least 1,100 megawatts of new wind generation to the resource mix used to serve customers across six states. The exact capacity of the new resources will depend upon response from the market.

As envisioned, the proposed additional wind generation would produce power equivalent to the annual consumption of  approximately 400,000 typical homes and would expand the amount of the utility’s owned or contracted wind serving customers by about 35 percent.

“We have a unique and time-limited opportunity to cost-effectively expand the amount of renewable energy serving customers,” said Cindy Crane, president and CEO of Rocky Mountain Power, the division of PacifiCorp that serves customers in Utah, Wyoming, Idaho. “These new wind resources are a key part of the company’s plan to both meet customer energy needs and continue our cost-conscious transition to less carbon-intensive energy.”

The new wind energy is part of the company’s Energy Vision 2020 initiative, which also will upgrade or “repower” the company’s existing wind fleet with longer blades and newer technology and build a new 140-mile high-voltage transmission line in Wyoming that will help more wind energy connect to the company’s transmission system.

The Energy Vision 2020 projects were identified in the company’s 2017 Integrated Resource Plan as the most cost-effective option to meet customers’ energy needs over the next 20 years. Completing the projects by 2020 will allow customers to realize the full benefit of federal production tax credits and provide a net savings for customers over the life of the projects.

Responses to the request for bids are due by October 17, 2017 for Wyoming projects and by October 24 for non-Wyoming projects. The company expects to have made final decisions and agreements in place by mid-April 2018.

The RFP for new wind can be seen here:

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FOR RELEASE Sept. 28, 2017