PacifiCorp seeks Utah approvals for four wind energy contracts

PacifiCorp d/b/a Rocky Mountain Power applied July 9 at the Utah Public Service Commission for approvals of contracts to take power from four wind projects.

In one case, it asked for approval a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Blue Mountain Power Partners LLC dated July 3. PacifiCorp is obligated to purchase power from qualifying facilities under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978, and the Commission’s orders. Under the PPA, Blue Mountain represents itself to be a qualifying facility (QF), and agrees to provide PacifiCorp, upon request, with evidence to show its qualifying facility status.

The PPA provides for the sale to PacifiCorp of energy to be generated by Blue Mountain up to a redacted amount of MW from a wind-powered facility located in San Juan County, Utah. The PPA is for a term of 20 years from the Commercial Operation Date. Blue Mountain is affiliated with Champlin Windpower LLC out of Santa Barbara, Calif.

The other July 9 applications are:

  • A request for approval of a PPA with Latigo Wind Park LLC dated July 3. This is again a QF situation. PPA provides for the sale to PacifiCorp of energy to be generated by Latigo up to redacted MW, from a wind facility located in San Juan County, Utah. The PPA is for a term of 20 years from the later of the Scheduled Commercial Operation Date or the Commercial Operation Date. Latigo Wind Park has an address in Palo Alto, Calif.
  • The PSC website also shows separate July 9 applications for approval of PPAs with Long Ridge Wind I LLC and Long Ridge Wind II LLC, but the actual applications could not be accessed. A July 10 notice from the PSC about the Long Ridge Wind I application said the project would be in Millard County and that the project company is an affiliate of Apex Wind Energy Holdings LLC out of Charlottesville, Va.
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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.