in News Departments > New & Noteworthy
print the content item

Portland, Ore.-based utility, PacifiCorp's application to add to its Idaho certificate in order to build a transmission line to send power from remote wind sites in Wyoming and Idaho to urban load centers has been approved by the Idaho Public Utilities Commission.

The 345 kV transmission line will extend from an existing substation southwest of the Salt Lake City airport north to a new substation at Downey. In Idaho, the line extends through Bannock and Oneida counties.

Cost of the project is $750 million, but only about 3% of that is allocated to Idaho customers in PacifiCorp's six-state territory. PacifiCorp did not request rate recovery at this time and won't do so until after the line is operational, which is anticipated for December 2010. Construction is expected to begin this month.

According to the commission, increased transmission capacity gives utilities more options to find cost-effective power supply sources, either from the utility's own generation or from generators on the wholesale market. It also improves reliability, resulting in fewer outages. This project is designed to enhance energy delivery and reliability between PacifiCorp's eastern control area (Wyoming, eastern Idaho and Utah) and its western control area (Oregon, Washington and northern California).

SOURCE: Idaho Public Utilities Commission


Trachte Inc._id1770
Latest Top Stories

Wind Energy Dominates New U.S. Power In October

Data from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission shows that wind power accounted for over two-thirds of the country's new electricity generating capacity in last month.


Are Fitch Ratings' Claims About Wind Farm Underperformance Unfounded?

A recent report from Fitch Ratings suggests that wind farms underperform due to an overestimation of wind resources, but AWS Truepower says the analysis misses the mark.


SunEdison Buying First Wind In $2.4 Billion Deal

Global solar company SunEdison and its yeildco have announced an agreement to buy the Boston-based developer, a major player in the U.S. wind industry.


U.S., China Reach Ambitious Climate Change Accord

The agreement between the global superpowers leans heavily on the deployment of renewable energy, such as wind and solar.


What The Midterm Elections Mean For The U.S. Wind Industry

Both chambers of Congress are now under Republican control for the first time since 2006. How will wind energy fare?

Hybrid Energy Innovations 2015
Renewable NRG_id1934