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[CU 1808 / July 14, 2017]
Council Says 400 MW Needed by 2021 for Resource Adequacy
To maintain an adequate electric supply, the region will need to add 400 MW by 2021 of new “effective” capacity, assuming energy-efficiency targets in the Seventh Power Plan are achieved, according to the annual assessment approved by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council. Without this, the expected loss-of-load probability for 2021 is 6.9 percent, which exceeds the 5-percent standard, and for 2022 it’s 7.2 percent. These estimates factor in the loss of the Boardman, Centralia 1, North Valmy, and Colstrip 1 and 2 coal-fired plants.
Idaho Power IRP: Status Quo Through 2025, Then Transmission, Gas
Idaho Power’s current resource portfolio will be adequate to serve customer demand through 2025, but will need new resources beyond then after retirement of nearly 320 MW of coal-fired capacity, according to the 2017 Integrated Resource Plan the utility submitted to Idaho and Oregon regulators. Then, the utility says imports on the as-yet unbuilt 500-kV Boardman-to-Hemingway line will help offset the lost generation, followed by 180-MW of reciprocating engines and 300 MW of combined cycle generation acquisitions through 2036, the end of the IRP planning period, to help with the loss of Bridger.
WUTC Approves of Microsoft Buying It’s Own Renewable Energy
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The Washington UTC has approved a special contract between Puget Sound Energy and Microsoft that will allow the technology giant to procure the renewable energy it needs to power its Puget Sound-area offices. The contract requires Microsoft to pay a $23.6-million transition fee, and also maintain its support for PSE’s energy-efficiency programs and boost its contribution to the utility’s low-income assistance program. The special contract is the first of its kind, but the WUTC made it clear this was not an opening to a backdoor direct-access program.
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