Efforts to make the grid 'smarter' lead to fewer emissions and improved reliability
Portland, Ore, March 20, 2017 -- Operating Pacific Power's electricity generation system more efficiently is providing cleaner energy, and reducing costs for its 750,000 customers.
Through more innovative integration of its existing power plants with the growing amount of renewable generation on the grid, Pacific Power's 'smarter grid' reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 12 percent for 2016 versus the previous 5-year average. That comes out to 6 million tons of carbon dioxide, the equivalent of taking over 1.1 million passenger cars off the road for a year. Making the grid more flexible in using available renewable generation also reduced energy costs for Pacific Power customers, by nearly $50 million for the year.
"Our efforts to make our power system 'smarter' means making it cleaner, more efficient and more reliable," said Stefan Bird, President and CEO of Pacific Power. "By leveraging technology to improve the way that traditional generation can follow the rise and fall of renewable energy availability, we can take full advantage of the diversity of resources, both traditional and renewables, available to serve customers. That means we can make maximum use of renewable generation when it's available, while also improving our grid operators' visibility and tools to maintain the reliability and dependability that customers count on."
The amount of renewable energy capacity connected to the PacifiCorp grid increased 41 percent last year. The 2,960 megawatts of solar and wind energy generation capacity now serving customers represents 29 percent of customers' peak energy demand and represents an important milestone towards more zero-emission generation. In 2016, nearly one-third of all PacifiCorp's electric generation capacity was from zero-emitting plants.
"We know our customers want cleaner, dependable energy, and to keep rates low," added Bird. "We will continue to build on this success by looking for more innovative, responsible ways we can invest in the energy future we all want."
About Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides electric service to almost 750,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. The company works to meet growing energy demand while protecting and enhancing the environment. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with1.8 million customers in six western states Information about Pacific Power is available on the company's website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed via pacificpower.net.
Pacific Power names Celeste Krueger as regional business manager in Willamette Valley
Celeste Krueger is the new Pacific Power Regional Business Manager for Corvallis, Albany and several other communities in Linn and Benton counties. Along with her family, she will relocate from Gresham, Ore. to Albany in the upcoming months.
Krueger's most recent position was with Portland State University as the director of undergraduate recruitment and communications. She advocated for higher education and concentrated on improving community relationships.
She will leverage her experiences in communications, project management, and community development as she maintains the company's relationships in the communities and manages the accounts of Pacific Power's commercial and industrial customers.
Besides Corvallis and Albany, she will also work with the communities of Coburg, Dallas, Eugene, Falls City, Grand Ronde, Halsey, Harrisburg, Independence, Millersburg, Monmouth, Monroe, Philomath, Rickreall, Shedd and Tangent.
Alan Meyer, a regional business manager based in Stayton since 2013 will now also work with some additional communities in Linn and Benton counties. Meyer will cover Brownsville, Cascadia, Crabtree, Crawfordsville, Foster, Gates, Jefferson, Lebanon, Lyons, Marion, Mehama, Mill City, Salem, Scio, Stayton, Sublimity, Sweet Home, Turner and Waterloo.
As an advocate for higher education, Krueger worked with many community-based organizations and supported fundraising efforts for scholarship programs. Originally from Lodi, Calif. she relocated to Oregon in 1999 and graduated from Concordia University with a Bachelor's in Education and Master's in Business Administration.
"I am anxious to infuse myself within Mid-Willamette communities which are similar to my hometown. I am also looking forward to raising my daughters in a family-focused community," she said. "Living and working in the communities Pacific Power serves and championing projects that will benefit them is an exciting prospect".
She plans to explore family-friendly activities in the communities she will serve with her husband and young daughters. Krueger and her family love to travel, but also enjoy staying home and trying recipes from her mother's cookbook.