PacifiCorp, a six-state electric utility that operates as Rocky Mountain Power in eastern Idaho, has announced it's adding about 2,000 MW of renewable power, mostly from wind, over the next 10 years.
The Idaho Public Utilities Commission (IPUC) recently accepted PacifiCorp's integrated resources plan (IRP). However, the commission says acceptance of the plan does not mean the IPUC endorses all of the plan's proposed resource acquisition projects. Of the 2,000 MW in renewable resources, the company plans 1,600 MW of that to come from wind farms in Wyoming, Washington and Oregon.
Commission staff notes that PacifiCorp is slightly behind on its renewables acquisition target, with 335 MW of the target 400 MW expected to be online by the end of this year. While the wind projects conform to PacifiCorp's commitments, the cost has been higher than anticipated, according to IPUC staff.
A copy of the commission's final order and other documents related to this case are available at puc.idaho.gov.