FERC Prohibits Berkshire Power Suppliers from Selling at Market Rates

Units of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway holdings – including NV Energy, PacifiCorp, and Sierra Pacific Power– were prohibited by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in a June 9 order (Docket No. ER10-2475-006, et. al.) from selling power at market rates in the PacifiCorp-East (PACE), PacifiCorp West (PACW), Idaho Power, and NorthWestern balancing authority areas.

Oregon PUC Denies Pacific Power Request to Reduce PPAs to Three Years

The Public Utility Commission of Oregon (PUC) voted on March 29 (Order No. 16-130) to approve Pacific Power’s request to reduce the eligibility cap for solar generation at qualifying facilities to 3 megawatts (MW) from 10 MW. However, the commission denied the utility’s application to … Read more…

NV Energy Enters the Western Energy Imbalance Market

The California Independent System Operator Corporation (CAL-ISO) and NV Energy announced on December 1 that the Nevada-based utility had successfully begun participating in the western Energy Imbalance Market (EIM). “We welcome NV Energy’s entry into the western EIM,” said CAL-ISO CEO Steve Berberich, adding, “The … Read more…

PGE Sees Economic Value for Ratepayers in Western EIM

Portland General Electric (PGE), which serves 840,000 electricity customers in Oregon, announced its intention on September 18 to explore steps to join the western Energy Imbalance Market (EIM) launched in November 2014 by PacifiCorp and the California Independent System Operator (CAL-ISO). The process, which the … Read more…

Sweeping Changes in Western Energy Markets

PacifiCorp and the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) just announced an agreement to explore the feasibility of integrating their two markets. CAISO, which oversees the only competitive electricity market in the West, manages 80 percent of the energy flow in California. Although the Nevada Valley … Read more…

Portland Leads Utility Green Power Programs

Portland Leads Utility Green Power Programs

Oregon’s Portland General Electric leads the nation for selling the largest amount of renewable energy in 2012 through its voluntary green power program.  The utility – with green power sales of 834,125 MWh per year – claimed the top spot from Austin Energy in Austin, … Read more…

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