Pacific Power Issues Request for Proposals for Oregon Renewable Options
July 29, 2009
PORTLAND, Ore. —Pacific Power is soliciting proposals to help keep the company’s perennially successful Blue Sky program gaining new subscribers and supplying them with cost effective access to renewable energy.
Pacific Power is seeking bidders to provide tradable Renewable Energy Credits, as well as retail marketing services for two of its Oregon renewable power options: Blue Sky Usage and Blue Sky Habitat.
The request for proposals was issued July 29, 2009, and all proposals are due Sept. 1, 2009, before 5 p.m.
Pacific Power’s Blue Sky program gives customers a way to support newly developed renewable energy and increase the demand for clean, renewable energy above and beyond the company’s existing renewable procurement efforts.
Oregon residential and small non-residential customers can choose Blue Sky Usage, in which customers support renewable energy equivalent to their monthly energy usage, or Blue Sky Habitat, in which customers also support renewable energy equivalent to their monthly usage plus make an additional $2.50 monthly donation to help restore and preserve native salmon habitat in Oregon, an environmental mitigation fund administered by The Nature Conservancy.
In addition to these two options the company offers all Oregon customers the choice to support renewable energy through the Blue Sky Block option, which gives customers another way to support newly developed renewable energy. Customers support renewable energy in 100 kilowatt-hour block increments for an additional fixed cost each month and support the development of smaller projects in the company’s service area, such as solar. Pacific Power has offered this option to customers since April 2000, and continues to procure supply, market and administer this program under the renewable resource portfolio.
These two usage-based renewable resource options have been available to Oregon residential and small business customers since March 1, 2002. A total of 26,606 customers were enrolled in these two programs as of June 30, 2009. Demand over the past year averaged 20,055 megawatt-hours per month for the Blue Sky Usage and Blue Sky Habitat options combined.
To view the Blue Sky Usage and Blue Sky Habitat RFP in its entirety, go to www.pacificpower.net/oregonblueskyrfp. For more information about the Blue Sky Usage and Blue Sky Habitat program, visit www.pacificpower.net/bluesky. For RFP inquiries, e-mail OregonSB1149RFP@pacificorp.com.
About Blue Sky
Strong customer support has enabled the Blue Sky program to be instrumental in the creation of more federally recognized Green Power Communities than any other program in the nation. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has ranked Blue Sky fifth or better in the nation for the sixth consecutive year in the number of customers buying renewable power and for renewable power sales volume. Blue Sky was named national 2007 Green Power Program of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. The program is Green-e Energy Certified, which means the renewable energy supported meets the rigorous national environmental and consumer-protection standards established by the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions. For more information on Green-e Energy, visit www.green-e.org/energy. More than 37,400 customers in the Northwest are part of Blue Sky.
About Pacific Power
Pacific Power strives to promote innovation and works with customers and communities to increase the visibility of renewable energy generation technologies through education and community outreach. Pacific Power is headquartered in Portland and provides electric service to more than 724,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. As part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, Pacific Power and Rocky Mountain Power provide more than 1.7 million customers in six Western states with reliable, efficient energy. The company works to meet growing energy demand while protecting and enhancing the environment.