PacifiCorp RFP ‘a big deal’ for renewable energy, battery storage developers FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:Utility group PacifiCorp is about to open a gusher of opportunity for wind, solar and energy storage developers in the Pacific Northwest and Rocky Mountain regions.Last year utility PacifiCorp finalized a landmark integrated resource plan (IRP) that for the first time envisions it relying on large amounts of wind farms and solar backed by energy storage to meet its long-range energy needs. Now the utility, part of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate, is preparing a solicitation for projects to meet that plan’s needs through 2024, taking a concrete step toward its vision.PacifiCorp’s new all-source request for proposals “is a big deal,” said Spencer Gray, executive director of the Northwest & Intermountain Power Producers Coalition, a trade group with members including EDF Renewable Energy, Invenergy, Constellation Exelon, Shell Energy North America and others. While many details still need to be worked out before the RFP’s anticipated opening in July, “from our perspective, this is a major shift in the region,” Gray said in a Friday interview.For renewables developers, several things stand about PacifiCorp’s upcoming solicitation, said Gray. First and most obviously, “it’s just so large,” he said. PacifiCorp’s IRP preferred portfolio includes 1,823 megawatts of new solar resources co-located with 595 megawatts of new battery energy storage system capacity, and 1,920 megawatts of new wind resources — all by the end of 2023.Another point about the IRP stands out for renewables developers: PacifiCorp itself isn’t proposing to build any projects itself that could undermine independent developers’ projects. That stands in contrast to how some utilities are operating in other regions as they grow more comfortable building and owning solar and wind plants. Instead, PacifiCorp intends to seek out projects that will either build and transfer their assets to PacifiCorp to rate-base them, or provide energy and capacity through power purchase agreements (PPAs), Gray said. “Having a mix is important for retaining the diversity of resources in the region.”PacifiCorp already has a significant amount of wind power on its system, as well as several large-scale solar projects. But this is the first time that it has sought solar power and energy storage as a cost-competitive alternative to natural gas for new resources. The emphasis on storage-backed solar is driven by two key factors, First, as part of its responsibility for providing reliability across the multi-state transmission network it serves, “we did need some incremental flexible capacity across the system,” and “those ended up as battery storage projects.” Second, batteries paired with solar are eligible for the federal investment tax credit (ITC) for solar power, making them more cost-effective than standalone storage projects, he said.[Jeff St. John]More: PacifiCorp readies huge solicitation for renewables, energy storage
Batesville, IN—Kids Discovery Factory and Hillenbrand Inc. are excited to announce the renewal of a two-year STEAM Camp Title Sponsor Agreement. Hillenbrand will serve as the Title Sponsor for the 2020 and 2021 Kids Discovery Factory STEAM Camps. Hillenbrand’s generosity will support exciting hands-on science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics experiences for regional students in kindergarten through 6th grade. More than 800 students from 13 southeastern Indiana communities have attended previous Kids Discovery Factory STEAM camps. The 2020 STEAM Camp will take place July 13-16 in Batesville.
Ghana defender John Boye will play in the Turkish top flight league this season after securing an exit from relegated Kayseri Erciyesspor.He leaves Kayseri Erciyesspor to Medicana Sivasspor after just a season with the side where he scored twice in 23 appearances.The former Rennes centre-back has successfully completed a mandatory medical and subsequently signed a two-year contract with an option to extend by another year with Sivasspor. Arwuah who has also previously played for Maritzburg United and SuperSport United was unveiled by the club on Wednesday and could be handed his debut in an away trip to Anorthosis this weekend. Boye was linked with a return to France with newly promoted AC Ajaccio at the beginning of the summer and in recent days, Caykur Rizespor.Arwuah goes to CyprusMidfielder John Arwuah has signed a two-year deal with AEL Limassol of Cyprus. The 29-year-old Ghanaian (above pictured) last played for South African side AmaZulu FC who got relegated to the National First Division at the end of the 2014/15 season. He arrives at the Tsirion Stadium as the second player from the ABSA Premiership following the loan signing of Senegalese striker Mame Niang from Mamelodi Sundowns. The former Bloemfontein Celtic defensive midfielder who joined AmaZulu in January 2014 had been released last week with a year left on his contract. Sivasspor beat the drop last season, placing 15th on the 18-team Turkish Super Lig table and have moved to shore up their backline with the 28-year-old Ghana international. He also becomes the second Ghanaian on the books of AEL Limassol. 22-year-old Carlos Ohene, a midfielder, has been with the side since 2012. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports