At PacifiCorp, we work to meet our customers' energy needs in the most cost-effective manner, seeking to maintain our low-cost provider status and minimizing the price impacts of acquiring energy. One way we accomplish this is through our customers.
Private generation – also referred to as distributed generation – systems are small-scale, on-site power sources located at our near customers' homes or businesses.
These technologies can include internal combustion engine/generators, micorturbines, photovoltaics, wind turbines, external combustions engines and/or fuel cells.
PacifiCorp embraces private generation projects provided that their application is safe, reliable, economically responsible and cost-effective. Although PacifiCorp will not provide customers and/or developers above-market incentives for the development of private generation projects, the company does facilitate private generation resources through five primary activities:
Providing information on available market-based incentive programs.
Effectively processing Qualified Facility (QF) applications and Partial Requirements requests.
Entertaining requests for proposals for new generation.
Offering net metering programs (for smaller renewable projects).
Providing information and requirements on interconnection requests.
Prices paid by the company for the energy and capacity provided by QFs varies by state and project size. Non-QF private generation projects can compete with other supply-side options through PacifiCorp's procurement process. Net metering programs are available to developers of smaller projects (typically 25 kW and smaller) who invest in on-site technologies (such as solar, wind, fuel cell and hydro technologies).