FALLS, Ore. – PacifiCorp said today that
it is prepared to meet and implement the
federal agency prescriptions necessary to
relicense its Klamath River Hydroelectric
Project as part of the Federal Energy
Regulatory Commission licensing process,
while still pursuing an overall solution
via settlement discussions.
30, the U.S. Department of Interior’s U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service and the
Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic
and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries
Service announced their modified fishway
prescriptions necessary for a new
operating license in FERC’s proceedings.
Those prescriptions call for fish ladders
and screens at four dams as well as other
improvements. This marks a significant
milestone in the licensing process.
a week to review and understand the
federal agencies’ filings and stand ready
to implement the agencies’ prescriptions,
and move on with FERC’s licensing
process," said Bill Fehrman, president of
PacifiCorp Energy. "We have received
direction from the federal agencies of
what they believe is necessary for the
successful reintroduction of salmon in the
Upper Klamath Basin and will comply with
this direction if settlement discussions
are not successful. In implementing the
federal agencies’ prescriptions, we will
still be able to preserve significant
value from the project for our customers’
use and benefit in the future."
does not own enough generating capacity to
supply its customers’ energy requirements.
For this reason, the company highly values
its dependable hydro resources. The
Klamath Hydroelectric Project is the
company’s third largest hydro project, and
on average can supply the needs of 70,000
homes each year.
company plans to continue operating the
Klamath Project, but would not rule out
other reasonable outcomes that may be
achieved through the alternative
settlement process underway in parallel
with the FERC licensing proceeding.
will need a significant amount of new
generating capacity by 2014 to meet
increased customer demand for electricity.
Existing generating resources like the
Klamath Hydro Project have greater value
over other renewable resources because
they are dependable, can be scheduled when
needed and are located close to the
plants do not produce carbon dioxide or
other emissions, so they have positive
environmental attributes," Fehrman said.
"The fact that the Klamath project is an
emissions-free, renewable resource will
make it more valuable to our customers in
the future and reduce our overall carbon
is working to preserve its position as a
low-cost, high-quality provider of energy
while maintaining respect for the
environment. PacifiCorp is among those
companies throughout the U.S. aggressively
installing wind energy on behalf of its
customers, and hydro projects provide
back-up power when the wind is not
firm-up variable wind generation, we need
the available capacity that zero-emissions
hydro electricity provides," Fehrman said.
"Our rapid installation of wind projects
is one of the reasons we are so focused on
ensuring we can maintain our critical
hydro assets like the Klamath Project.
that indicate that continued operations of
the Klamath Project, with improvements,
may be more costly for PacifiCorp
customers compared with decommissioning do
not properly reflect the total value to
our customers and are therefore
incomplete, not accurate and misleading,"
respect the process and appreciate the
effort the agencies have put into
communicating with us. We also look
forward to additional talks with all
settlement parties and are hopeful we can
move forward to a mutually agreeable
outcome," Fehrman said, adding, "We are
still willing to consider any sensible
compromise that may come from the
settlement process as long as it protects
our customers’ interests and respects the
company’s property rights. However, if
that process does not work out, we’ll
focus our attention on implementing the
agencies’ prescriptions to help bring
migrating salmon into the Upper Klamath