2016 IRP Quick Read

A responsible, diverse energy mix

We’re committed to bringing sustainable, reliable and affordable energy to our customers.

Renewables are key

We share our customers’ values and priorities, so renewable energy is a core part of our strategy. Our plan calls for adding the equivalent of another major wind farm.

But right now, renewables can’t do it alone – we need other resources to balance the unpredictable, fluctuating nature of wind and solar, so that your power is there when you need it.

We’re also committed to keeping your power as affordable as possible, and a mix of resources is the best way to do that.

What’s the plan?

We're open to the possibilities

There are lots of ways we could meet Oregon’s growing energy needs. We’re equally considering all available options, including:

  • Renewable energy such as wind and solar
  • Hydroelectric
  • Efficient natural gas
  • Geothermal
  • Energy storage (as the technology develops)
  • Buying energy from others

We have proposed a variety of ways that we can meet the energy needs of the future. No matter what, we will:

  • Meet Oregon’s ambitious renewable power goals with 20% renewables by 2020 and 50% by 2040. That’s one of the most stringent standards in the nation. And that’s on top of our emissions-free hydroelectric power.
  • Reduce our carbon emissions. We avoid almost 2 million tons of CO2 emissions now and will avoid more than 10 million tons by 2040.
  • Meet the shortfall we face when we stop burning coal at our Boardman plant in 2020.

How?

  • First, by using less. We’ll continue to help customers save energy and shift their use during energy “rush hours.”
  • Second, by adding more renewable power such as wind and solar early on, while we can still take advantage of savings (from tax credits and favorable market conditions) that we can pass on to customers.
  • Third, by adding resources we can ramp up and down quickly to meet demand when the wind isn’t blowing and the sun isn’t shining.

What’s next?

The Oregon Public Utility Commission and the public have input into our plan. Once the OPUC signs off, we plan to issue a Request for Proposals to seek the most affordable, reliable and sustainable options for our customers. An independent evaluator will oversee the RFP process.