PacifiCorp does deal to take power from new university facility in Idaho

PacifiCorp d/b/a Rocky Mountain Power applied May 1 at the Idaho Public Utilities Commission for approval of a Power Purchase Agreement with Brigham Young University-Idaho, dated April 23.

“In support of this Petition, the Company states as follows: PacifiCorp is an electrical corporation and public utility doing business as Rocky Mountain Power in the state of Idaho and is subject to the jurisdiction of the Commission with regard to its public utility operations. PacifiCorp also provides retail electric service in the states of Utah, Oregon, Wyoming, Washington, and Califomia. Brigham Young University-Idaho intends to own, operate and maintain a gas and oil fueled generating facility with a companion heat recovery steam generator system for the generation of electric power located in Rexburg, Idaho, in Madison County with an expected capacity rating of 5,600 kilowatts (the ‘Facility’).”

Under the terms of the qualifyiing facility PPA, Brigham Young University-Idaho elected to contract with Rocky Mountain Power for a two-year term from the commercial operation date of the facility. The utlity will pay Brigham Young University-Idaho non-levelized, Conforming Energy or Non-Conforming Energy Purchase Prices for Net Output adjusted for the month and On-Peak Hours or Off-Peak Hours.

On April 2, the university provided Rocky Mountain Power a motive force plan on the facility demonstrating to the utility’s reasonable satisfaction that: the feasibility that Facility Net Energy will equal the Energy Delivery schedules for the full term of this agreement; and the likelihood that the facility, under average design conditions, will generate at no more than 10 MW in any calendar month.

The facility would use a Solar Turbines Taurus 60 gas turbine generator.

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