Avista adds new wind to portfolio beginning 2026; renews contract for Lancaster Plant
SPOKANE, Wash., April 11, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Avista recently finalized two contracts resulting from the 2022 All Source RFP effort.
Avista completed an agreement to purchase clean energy from a planned regional wind project. The 30-year agreement is for approximately 100 megawatts beginning no later than January 1, 2026. More details related to the wind contract will be released soon. Combined with several other recent contracts signed with Chelan Public Utility District and Columbia Basin Hydro Projects for hydro resources over 70 percent of Avista’s peak generating capability will be produced from non-emitting resources in 2026.
Additionally, Avista completed a 15-year extension to our existing agreement to buy energy produced from the 282 MW Lancaster natural gas combined cycle combustion turbine owned and operated by Rathdrum Power, LLC and located in Rathdrum, Idaho. This agreement allows Avista to optimize an existing natural gas resource to ensure sufficient generating capability and ramping flexibility to reliably serve Avista’s electric customers, without adding new natural gas plants.
“These projects fill an important need for both clean energy and capacity. The new wind contract is a valuable addition to our portfolio. It will supplement two existing wind projects bringing Avista’s total wind generation to approximately 12 percent of our overall resource portfolio,” said Scott Kinney, Avista’s vice president of energy resources. “The Lancaster plant is an important asset in our resource portfolio providing cost effective reliable generation and ensuring adequate resource supply in an ever-changing energy market. The results of the RFP are important next steps to ensure affordable, reliable and clean energy for years to come.”
The contracts are the result of Avista’s 2022 All Source Request for Proposals that sought resources to meet peak load capacity, average energy, and renewable shortfalls between 2026 and 2030 as identified in the company’s 2021 Electric Integrated Resource Plan. In addition to renewable energy needs, Avista sought approximately 196 MW of winter capacity and 190 MW of summer capacity by 2030 for reliability.
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