PacifiCorp, a regulated utility based in Portland, Ore., serves 1.7 million customers
across 136,000 square miles in six western states. The company comprises three
business units that provide safe, reliable electricity to customers at a
reasonable cost. Pacific Power serves customers in Oregon, Washington and
California. Rocky Mountain Power serves customers in Utah, Wyoming and Idaho.
PacifiCorp Energy operates a broad portfolio of generating assets to ensure
low-cost energy is available for customers.
PacifiCorp has 13,853 megawatts of owned and contracted generation capacity.
The company operates 75 generating facilities across the West, including
thermal, hydroelectric, wind and geothermal facilities.
PacifiCorp has 62,930 miles of distribution line and approximately 16,200 miles
of transmission line – more than any other single entity in the West. The
company’s Energy Gateway Transmission Expansion Program could add up to 2,000
miles of new high-voltage transmission lines, addressing customer load
growth; improving system reliability; easing grid constraints; providing
access to diverse resource areas, including renewable resources; and
improving the flow of electricity throughout its service area and the western
U.S. In 2013, approximately 100 miles of new transmission will be placed in-service, and construction
will begin on a 170-mile segment.
Renewable and Noncarbon Resources*
Renewable and other noncarbon resources currently make up more than 25 percent
of PacifiCorp’s owned capacity. At year-end 2012, PacifiCorp had 1,031
megawatts of owned wind generation capacity and long-term power purchase
agreements for 869 megawatts from wind projects owned by others.
PacifiCorp also is adding solar to its power supply mix. A 2-megawatt solar
project in southern Oregon was completed in 2012. PacifiCorp
plans to support prudent and least-cost renewable resources, including solar,
through power purchase agreements, ownership, leasing, and by continuing to
offer programs that help customers add their own installations.
*All or some of the renewable energy attributes associated with wind,
biomass, geothermal and qualifying hydro facilities may be: (a) used to comply
with renewable portfolio standards or other regulatory requirements,
(b) sold to third parties in the form of renewable energy credits or other environemental commodities or
(c) not acquired.
PacifiCorp is committed to operating within stringent environmental management
systems and continues to pursue cost-effective renewable generating opportunities.
Through its voluntary Blue Sky program, PacifiCorp offers its customers the
opportunity to support additional renewable energy and help fund smaller
scale community renewable energy projects. Blue Sky has consistently ranked
among the top five nationally for number of customers buying renewable power and for sales volume.
As of Dec. 31, 2012, almost 88,000 customers were enrolled in Blue Sky.
Blue Sky is certified as Green-e Energy by The Center for Resource Solutions,
a national nonprofit organization. One-third of U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency-designated Green Power Communities are located in PacifiCorp’s service