Oregon Regulators Acknowledge PacifiCorp’s $3.5 Billion Wind Energy Plan

Dec. 12, 2017

The Portland Business Journal reported that Oregon utility regulators recently acknowledged Portland-based PacifiCorp’s plan to spend $3.5 billion on wind turbines and a transmission line in the next few years. The electric power company’s Energy Vision 2020 proposal calls for 999 megawatts of retooled wind turbines in several states, 1,270 megawatts of new wind in Wyoming, and a 140-mile transmission line also in Wyoming. PacifiCorp is still working through the regulatory process in Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming, where the proposal is being reviewed. According to the article, the Oregon Public Utility Commission’s decision doesn’t guarantee that PacifiCorp will be able to recover its costs in rates if the projects are built, but it puts the power company “in better position” than if the Commission had declined acknowledgement.