Global Climate Change

Global climate change has increasingly become an important scientific issue with far-reaching social implications. To demonstrate our environmental commitment, our company signed the American Business Act on Climate Pledge in July 2015 as another step on our path to a cleaner energy future.

As a power supplier dependent in part upon coal resources, PacifiCorp recognizes the global concern about climate change and incorporates climate change into corporate strategy. We are committed to building additional renewable generation and developing conservation resources with our customers to reduce or avoid carbon dioxide emissions. For example, the company's Integrated Resource Plan calls for adding more than 1,100 megawatts of incremental solar and wind capacity through long-term power purchase agreements to our 1,030 megawatts of owned wind capacity.

PacifiCorp also engages constructively in external policy discussions with a focus on reducing environmental impact and protecting our customers and shareholders. For example, in 2006, PacifiCorp formed the Global Climate Change Working Group to analyze and discuss utility best practices in managing emissions of greenhouse gases. PacifiCorp will look for opportunities to reduce its carbon footprint within the rules set forth by the six state utility regulatory commissions it works with.

We work side-by-side stakeholders, communities and customers to balance energy costs with the needs of the state and region, the environment and future generations.

In Oregon, we worked together with utility, advocacy and community groups on the Clean Electricity and Coal Transition Law. The law phases out coal from state rates by 2030 and increases the state's renewable portfolio standard to 50 percent by 2040.