July 2003 - Two PacifiCorp utilities—Pacific Power and Utah Power—have reported a surge in customer enrollments and sales of green energy after lowering the price premium for their Blue Sky green pricing programs. On May 1, the utilities reduced the price of wind power sold through the program from $2.95 per 100-kWh block each month to $1.95 per block, or a rate premium of 1.95¢/kWh. Less than three months after lowering the rate, the number of customers enrolled in the combined programs grew by 9.2%, while sales of wind energy grew by about 30%. The effect was even more pronounced for Utah Power, where the number of customers increased by about 14% and sales grew by 41%. Of the customers who were already program participants, about one-fourth opted to increase the size of their green power purchases after the price decrease.
Separately, Utah Power announced that it has filed with the Idaho Public Utilities Commission to extend the Blue Sky program to its nearly 60,000 Idaho-based customers.
News Release - Recent Blue Sky Price Dip Spurs Renewable Power Signups (PDF 135 KB) Download Acrobat Reader
News Release - Utah Power Proposes Blue Sky Wind Energy Program For Idaho
PacifiCorp Contact: Deston Nokes (503) 813-7291