PacifiCorp’s 2022 All-Source Request for Proposals

December 29, 2021

PacifiCorp is seeking approval for its 2022 all-source request for proposals (2022 RFP) in Utah Docket No. 21-035-52, in Washington (Docket number UE-210979), and in Oregon Docket UM 2193.  Please consult the dockets on the respective commission websites regarding the regulatory proceeding. An updated list of questions and answers posed by stakeholders to the 2022AS RFP email address are posted here: Questions and Answers.

More information on how to participate is Washington’s process is provided below.

PacifiCorp established an action item out of PacifiCorp’s 2021 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) to conduct the 2022AS RFP. The 2021 IRP preferred portfolio included 1,345 megawatts (MW) of new proxy renewable resources and 600 MW of collocated energy storage by the end of 2026.  Note, these figures and locations are indicative and exclude resource capacity to meet assumed customer preference targets (voluntary renewable programs for large customers) that were included in the 2021 IRP preferred portfolio.

Through the 2022AS RFP, PacifiCorp is seeking proposals for competitively priced resources capable of interconnecting with or delivering to PacifiCorp’s transmission system in its east or west balancing authority areas (PACE and PACW, respectively).

The 2022AS RFP will consider benchmark, build-transfer, power purchase and tolling agreement for generating and storage resources as well as professional services contracts for resources such as demand-side resource proposals. PacifiCorp will accept new and also existing resources subject to certain conditions with terms between 5 and 30 years. Bids associated with these resources will be required to demonstrate their ability to be operational and deliver firm energy by December 31, 2026, or December 31, 2028 for long-lead time resources such as pumped storage hydro resources and nuclear. PacifiCorp intends to submit one or more self-build (benchmark) resources in the 2022AS RFP.

To support this competitive solicitation and assure a fair and transparent process, three Independent Evaluators (IEs) will provide oversight services on the 2022AS RFP for the Public Service Commission of Utah, the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (WUTC), and the Public Utility Commission of Oregon.  Contact information is provided below.

OREGON – PA Consulting Consulting Group, Inc. – 2022as_ie@paconsulting.com

WASHINGTON – Bates White, LLC – Frank Mossburg, frank.mossburg@bateswhite.com

UTAH – to be provided as soon as it is available

Questions for PacifiCorp: Any questions or comments by interested parties regarding the 2022AS RFP can be sent to PacifiCorp via email at PacifiCorp’s All-Source RFP mailbox: 2022AS_RFP@PacifiCorp.com. PacifiCorp will provide further updates on the status and schedule of its 2022AS RFP on this webpage as they become available.

The indicative Regulatory and RFP schedules for the 2022AS RFP, subject to change, are shown below. PacifiCorp will provide further updates on the status and schedule of its 2022AS RFP (including webinar information for publicly available workshops) on this webpage as they become available.


Regulatory Schedule: The indicative regulatory approval schedule for the 2022AS RFP, subject to change, is shown below.

Regulatory Schedule

State Docket

Date

Draft RFP circulated to Oregon stakeholders

OR Docket

12/28/2021

RFP filed with WA Commission

WA Docket

12/29/2021

Oregon workshop with IE stakeholders on RFP draft

OR Docket

01/07/2022

Pre-issuance RFP bidder's conference Utah

UT Docket

01/11/2022

File RFP with OR Commission

OR Docket

01/14/2022

File RFP application with UT Commission

UT Docket

01/26/2022

Oregon party comments on final draft RFP

OR Docket

02/11/2022

RFP Comments due from WA interested persons

WA Docket

02/14/2022

PacifiCorp reply comments on final draft RFP

OR Docket

02/25/2022

Oregon IE files report on final draft RFP

OR Docket

03/04/2022

WA Commission approval of RFP

WA Docket

03/10/2022

UT stakeholder party comments on RFP draft

UT Docket

03/14/2022

UT IE comments on RFP due

UT Docket

03/22/2022

PacifiCorp comments on RFP due

UT Docket

03/22/2022

Oregon Commission Staff files memo on RFP

OR Docket

03/29/2022

PacifiCorp Transmission - Cluster Request Window opens

OATT

04/01/2022

All party / PacifiCorp's reply comments due for UT

UT Docket

04/01/2022

OR Commission Special Public Meeting approving RFP

OR Docket

04/07/2022

UT Commission decision on RFP

UT Docket

04/11/2022

RFP Issued to market

2022 AS RFP

04/26/2022

RFP Schedule: The indicative schedule for the 2022AS RFP, subject to change, is shown below.

Milestone

Date

2022AS RFP Issued to market

04/26/2022

First bidder’s conference (9:30 AM – 1:00 PM PT)

05/06/2022

PacifiCorp Transmission - Cluster Study Request Window closes (deadline)

05/16/2022

Notice of Intent to Bid due 

06/16/2022

Demand-side RFP Issued to Market

Q3 2022

Second bidder’s conference (9:30 AM – 1:00 PM PT)

10/20/2022

Cluster study results posted to OASIS / bidders notified by PacifiCorp Transmission

11/12/2022

Benchmark bids due

11/21/2022 

RFP bids due from market

01/16/2023

PacifiCorp and IE review of bid eligibility screening complete

02/22/2023

PacifiCorp provides supply-side and demand-side bid inputs to PLEXOS portfolio optimization modeling team

02/23/2023

Capacity factor and BESS evaluation of bids completed

02/23/2023

PacifiCorp completes due diligence and non-price scoring

03/15/2023

PLEXOS generates price score and list of preferred new resources

04/14/2023

PacifiCorp and IE review of FSL recommendation complete

05/05/2023

Execute Agreements

11/21/2023 

Bid validity date

11/21/2023 

Winning Bid Guaranteed Commercial Operation Date

12/31/2026

Per the regulatory schedule above, PacifiCorp intends to host one or more workshop for interested stakeholders and bidders to discuss the 2022AS RFP via webinar.  As meetings are scheduled, information will be posted here.

Oregon Stakeholders Workshop to Discuss RFP Draft

Friday, January 7, 2022 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Pacific Time
See the workshop presentation. Interested parties and bidders can join the webinar via the link below:

Microsoft Teams meeting
Join on your computer or mobile app
Click here to join the meeting

Or call in (audio only)
Phone Number:  (563) 275-5003
Phone Conference ID: 878 395 510#

Utah Pre-Issuance Bidder Conference

Tuesday, January 11, 2022 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Mountain Time

Update: Pursuant to Commission rules, PacifiCorp is providing an option to attend this conference in person at a Rocky Mountain Power Salt Lake City location. However, due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases, in person attendance is strongly discouraged and potential bidders are encouraged to attend remotely via the Teams webinar. No preference will be given to bidders who attend in person. Those who choose to attend in person must RSVP by emailing the 2022 AS RFP mailbox (2022AS_RFP@pacificorp.com) by noon Monday January 10, 2022 and will be required to show proof of vaccination before being admitted and must wear a mask throughout the conference. 

See the presentation. Interested parties and bidders can join the webinar via the link below:

Microsoft Teams meeting
Join on your computer or mobile app
Click here to join the meeting

Or call in (audio only)
Phone Number:  (563) 275-5003
Phone Conference ID: 767 205 280#

Washington Approval Process and Public Participation:

Washington’s rules for electric utilities¹ require a utility to engage the services of an IE to assess and report on a solicitation process if 1) the utility, its subsidiary or affiliate plans to participate in the RFP bidding process; 2) the utility intends to retain the option to procure resources that will result in the utility owning a resource or having a purchase option for a resource; or 3) the utility is considering repowering an existing resource. PacifiCorp anticipates it will participate in the 2022AS RFP, and therefore, after consulting with WUTC staff and stakeholders, PacifiCorp issued a solicitation for a Washington IE. At an open meeting on Friday November 12, 2021, the WUTC approved Bates White to oversee PacifiCorp’s 2022AS RFP.

Public Participation: Consistent with rules established in Chapter 480-107-017 WAC, interested parties have 45 days to submit written comments after a draft RFP is filed. Written comments may be submitted electronically through the WUTC’s web portal. If you are unable to submit documents via the portal, you may submit your comments by email, or by mailing or delivering an electronic copy to the WUTC’s Records Center. Comment submissions should include the docket number (UE-210979), commenting party’s name and the title and date of the comments. The WUTC will post all comments that are provided in electronic format to the 2022AS RFP docket on its web site.

Interested parties may also participate in WUTC open meetings to discuss the draft 2022AS RFP. Information about the timing of meetings and how to participate will be posted to the WUTC’s website in the 2022AS RFP docket (UE-210979). Information about open meetings can also be found on the WUTC’s website on the Open Meetings page.

The WUTC has 75 days after the utility files its draft RFP to approve, approve with conditions, or suspend the filed RFP. PacifiCorp filed a draft 2022AS RFP on December 29, 2021.

Questions about the comment submittal process and/or requests to be placed on the WUTC’s distribution list for utility RFPs can be directed to the WUTC’s Records Center at records@utc.wa.gov. Questions about the 2022AS RFP and/or requests to be placed on the stakeholder distribution list for this 2022AS RFP may be directed to PacifiCorp’s All-Source RFP mailbox2022AS_RFP@PacifiCorp.com.