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Tom Gauntt, Pacific Power April 20, 2017
Know what's below before you hoe
Be safe and call 8-1-1 first to find any underground utilities that could endanger you
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Every eight minutes in America someone risks their life by striking an underground utility line. Pacific Power urges customers to protect themselves and their families and change this alarming statistic with one simple act: dialing 8-1-1 two days before doing any digging.
"Installing a mail box or post for a deck or planting a tree are among the many commonplace projects that should trigger a call to 8-1-1," said Steven Harkin, Pacific Power's director of safety and training, referring to the national toll-free Call Before You Dig phone number. "Those may seem like simple, harmless maintenance projects, but the hazards are very real. If you hit a buried electric line, you could die or be seriously injured. It's that simple."
PacifiCorp has approximately 20,000 miles of underground cable in the West. There are nearly 20 million miles of underground utility lines in the United States. These buried facilities, including gas, water, sewer, cable TV, high-speed Internet, landline telephone, provide the services Americans depend on for their basic everyday needs. But if you don't know where they are buried before you dig, you are in danger.
The only way to know for sure where these underground facilities are is by using the Call Before You Dig phone number. Even if you are lucky enough to not be harmed, you could be responsible for causing a service outage in your neighborhood--and potentially be responsible for the substantial repair costs.
If you are planning a job that requires digging, even if hiring a professional, a call to 8-1-1 is required before work begins. The 8-1-1 service is free and couldn't be easier. It's a Federal Communications Commission-designated national one-call number that connects a caller from anywhere in the country to the appropriate local one-call center. The one-call center then alerts local underground facility owners so they can mark the approximate location of their lines with paint or flags.
Although the Call Before You Dig system has been active for many years, according to a recent national survey, 45 percent -- nearly half of people who plan to dig this year will not call 8-1-1 first.
To learn more about electrical safety or to order free electrical safety materials, visit pacificpower.net/safety.
About Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides electric service to nearly 750,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. Our goal is to provide our customers with value for their energy dollar, and safe, reliable electricity. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with almost 1.8 million customers in six western states. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net.
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800-570-5838 April 4, 2017
PacifiCorp plans significant new clean energy investments
"Repowering" existing wind fleet, adding 3,000 MW of new wind and solar
resources part of overall long term plan
PORTLAND, Ore, April 4, 2017 -- PacifiCorp today released a long-term energy plan that looks
to new investments in renewable energy resources, upgrades to the company's existing wind
fleet, and energy efficiency measures to meet future customer energy needs. The $3.5 billion
expansion plan, set to be in place by 2020, also incorporates building a segment of the Gateway
West transmission line to facilitate the wind expansion.
The Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), which was filed with utility regulators across PacifiCorp's
six-state service territory, is used as a road map to help the company provide reliable electric
service to customers at the lowest cost. The 2017 IRP includes the investments set to happen by
the end of 2020, but also looks 20 years down the road:
* Upgrading more than 900 megawatts of existing wind plants with larger blades and newer
technology to generate more energy in a wider range of wind conditions by 2020.
* Beginning construction on a segment of the Gateway West 500-kilovolt transmission line
between Medicine Bow, Wyoming, and the Jim Bridger power plant in the southwestern part of
the state. The 140-mile line, set to be in service by the end of 2020, would enable additional wind
generation and improve the operational efficiency of the broader system by relieving transmission
congestion in Wyoming.
* Building 1,100 megawatts of new wind projects, primarily in Wyoming, by the end of 2020.
* Adding another 859 megawatts of new wind capacity---85 megawatts in Wyoming and 774
megawatts in Idaho---between 2028 and 2036.
* Building 1,040 megawatts of new solar capacity between 2028 and 2036.
* Continuing a cost-conscious transition that adds more energy diversity, the plan incorporates the
company's environmental compliance obligations for its coal-fired plants
"These investments will significantly increase the amount of clean renewable energy serving
customers and reduce costs at the same time," said Stefan Bird, president and CEO of Pacific
Power, the unit of PacifiCorp that serves customers in Oregon, Washington and California. "This
is a win-win and represents our continued commitment to both reduce the environmental impact
of the energy we produce and keep costs low."
By moving to complete the wind upgrades and new wind developments by 2020, the company
will be able to use federal production tax credits and provide a net savings for customers over the
life of the projects.
Energy efficiency continues to play a key role in the company's long-term resource plans. The
2017 IRP anticipates energy efficiency will offset 88 percent of forecasted growth in energy
usage over the next 10 years and continue to limit the need for new power plants.
A full IRP is developed every two years and an update is filed during off years. The IRP is based
on current information and subject to change. The 2017 IRP can be found at http://pacificorp.com/irp
PacifiCorp provides electric service to 1.8 million customers in six western states. Operating as Pacific Power in
Oregon, Washington and California and as Rocky Mountain Power in Utah, Wyoming and Idaho, our goal is to
provide our customers with value for their energy dollar through safe, reliable electricity.
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Pacific Power, 541-776-5499 March 28, 2017
Pacific Power plans new substation, 18-mile transmission line to improve reliability in southern Oregon
A public process is now under way to discuss $80 million investment. Plans call for construction during 2019 and projects in service in late 2020
MEDFORD, Ore.--To meet increased usage, improve service reliability and enable further economic development, Pacific Power plans to upgrade its transmission power lines in Josephine and Jackson counties. The project will also require a new substation to be built in Jackson County, near the intersection of Tresham Lane and Oregon State Highway 234.
As part of this effort, which means an $80 million investment in southern Oregon, Pacific Power has filed for a land use approval for the substation in Jackson County. In coming weeks, the county will solicit public comment on the filing. The county review and decision process is expected to take up to 150 days.
"Our goal is to complete this necessary project, which will enhance reliability for more than 70,000 customers, with as little disruption to as few people as possible," said Monte Mendenhall, regional business manager for Pacific Power. "Twenty alternative sites were evaluated before we determined the Tresham Lane location as the preferred one. We looked at land use zoning requirements, environmental impacts, visual impacts, operational efficiencies, and as required by the Public Utilities Commission, costs to customers."
What we are building. Pacific Power plans to build 18 miles of high capacity (230 kilovolt) transmission line from its existing Grants Pass substation in Josephine County to the new substation. As much as possible, the transmission lines will be built within existing property easements to minimize impacts to the community.
An overview is available online at http://www.pacificorp.com/tran/tp/sams-valley.
Why are we building: The new transmission line and substation are necessary to improve system reliability and keep up with growth and increased energy usage since the 1990s when the existing lines were built. During certain unlikely events, it is possible that Pacific Power would be unable to serve large numbers of customers in Jackson, Josephine and Del Norte counties.
Pacific Power views the potential loss of service to tens of thousands of customers, however unlikely, as a serious issue that needs to be addressed to ensure our customers can depend upon their electrical service. Further, the company has a legal obligation to ensure that facilities are in place to prevent such an occurrence.
What is the approval process: The project will undergo a rigorous approval process from the federal, state and local authorities to ensure that the best possible location has been selected and represents the least impact to the greater community. Specifically, the Bureau of Land Management, Army Corps of Engineers, Oregon Department of State Lands, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Josephine and Jackson County all will review a portion or the entire project for an approval.
What is the timeline: The project is currently in the permitting phase which is anticipated to last until mid-July 2017. When that process is complete, design and adjusting easements along a one mile section near the City of Rogue River will begin and extend through the end of 2017. Construction of the substation should begin in 2019 with the work completed and the line placed into service in late 2020.
About Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides electric service to nearly 750,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. Our goal is to provide our customers with value for their energy dollar, and safe, reliable electricity. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with 1.8 million customers in six western states. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net.