PacifiCorp seeks renewables, including hydro, ocean energy

PacifiCorp seeks bids for renewable energy from projects of up to 300 MW each, including wave, tidal, conventional hydropower, and pumped storage having access to the utility’s Pacific Northwest service territory.

A bid conference was scheduled July 17, 2009, with intent to bid forms due Aug. 3, and bids due Sept. 10.

The request for proposals, RFP 2009R, seeks renewable resources in the Western Electricity Coordinating Council area that comply with renewables portfolio standards and are new to PacifiCorp’s resource portfolio.

Qualified resources include: wave, tidal, and ocean thermal energy, and hydroelectric energy with a nameplate capacity less than 50 MW, if the facility is certified by a national certification organization as low-impact hydropower. Resources also include efficiency upgrades to hydroelectric facilities that became operational after Jan. 1, 1995, and hydroelectric energy within Utah, without regard to operation date.

Other eligible renewables include wind, solar, geothermal, and waste energy. Projects must have an expected annual output of at least 25,000 MWh.

The RFP 2009R solicitation overlaps the RFP 2008R-1 solicitation issued last year, which is at the short-list stage, but without winning bidders named. (HydroWorld 10/27/08) PacifiCorp said the potential total acquisition from both RFPs will not exceed 600 MW, with up to 200 MW being acquired for commercial operation in each of 2010, 2011, and 2012.

PacifiCorp said the solicitations would help it acquire a portion of the renewables identified in its 2007 Integrated Resource Plan. The plan calls for PacifiCorp to acquire 1,400 MW of new renewable resources by 2010, and an additional 600 MW by 2013.

Tender documents may be obtained from the PacifiCorp Internet site at

A bid conference was scheduled at 9:30 a.m. July 17, at PacifiCorp headquarters at 825 N.E. Multnomah in Portland, Ore. Questions were invited prior to the meeting, by e-mail to PacifiCorp at

PacifiCorp named Boston Pacific Co. Inc. its Oregon Independent Evaluator. It said communications with the evaluator may be submitted by e-mail to Craig Roach at and Frank Mossburg at

Intent to bid forms are due by 5 p.m. Aug. 3. Bids are due by 5 p.m. Sept. 10. PacifiCorp said it expects to evaluate proposals by Oct. 12, 2009, and to finish negotiations with bidders by November 2009.

For information, contact Oregon Independent Evaluator, Boston Pacific Co. Inc., c/o PacifiCorp, Attn.: RFP 2009R, 825 N.E. Multnomah, Suite 600, Portland, OR 97232; E-mail:

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