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[CU 1869 / September 21, 2018]
PacifiCorp Moves to Accelerate and Align Coal Plant Depreciation
PacifiCorp is aligning the depreciation schedules of its coal fleet with state regulators across its multi-state service area to give it the flexibility to potentially close many of the units earlier than planned. In filings made this month in Washington, Utah and Idaho, the company asks to accelerate the depreciation on many of its 24 coal units, and has moved to align the depreciation dates in its eastside and westside service areas.
New 10-Year Pacific Salmon Treaty Awaits U.S., Canada Approval
A treaty that helps ensure fishermen in Canada and the United States don’t catch too many salmon, and that each country gets its fair share, has been renegotiated by an international commission. Now, the replacement for the 10-year Pacific Salmon Treaty, which expires Dec. 31, will be reviewed by each government for ratification. Meanwhile, the Pacific Salmon Commission chair and vice-chair touted the proposed treaty’s conservation efforts, and the governors in Washington and Oregon focused on its potential to boost ESA-listed Chinook stocks in both the Puget Sound and Columbia River basin.
Oregon PUC Releases ‘Roadmap to Regulatory Reform’
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The Oregon PUC took what could be the first steps to catch state policy and regulations up to rapidly evolving markets and advancing energy technologies, with the Sept. 18 release of a report called for under SB 978, passed by the Legislature last year. The commission describes the report as a roadmap for adapting regulations to the changing electric sector by examining every aspect of OPUC regulatory role.
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