PacifiCorp gets final approvals for $3 billion wind power expansion FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Recharge News:PacifiCorp will proceed with a $3bn wind and related transmission expansion plan after it received two final state approvals needed to advance the Energy Vision 2020 initiative, said officials at the utility holding company.Plans call for adding three new wind projects totaling 1.15 GW of power generation capacity and a new 140-mile (225 km) transmission line in Wyoming, and repowering 900 MW of existing facilities in Washington state and Wyoming.The new wind projects will increase the amount of owned and contracted wind capacity on PacifiCorp’s system by more than 60% and will add enough new wind energy to power more than 400,000 average homes by 2020, according to the utility.PacifiCorp, which is owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate, says that repowering older wind farms will boost electricity output by more than 25% and extend the life of wind turbines.The final regulatory approvals were from the Utah Public Service Commission on 22 June and Idaho Public Utilities Commission last Friday.PacifiCorp owns two utilities: Pacific Power, whose service territory includes northern California, Oregon and southeastern Washington; and Rocky Mountain Power, covering eastern Idaho, and much of Utah and Wyoming. PacifiCorp now estimates its total investment for the Energy Vision 2020 projects will be “just over” $3bn, a reduction from the initial $3.5bn cost projection estimate when they were first announced in April 2017.More: Buffett utility gets final approvals for $3bn wind expansion
Mar 15, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Egyptian authorities reported a case of H5N1 avian influenza in a 10-year-old girl yesterday, marking the country’s seventh case this year and 25th overall.The girl was admitted to a hospital in Aswan, 450 kilometers south of Cairo, Mar 13, with fever and muscle pains, according to a Reuters report based on information from MENA, the state news agency.An Egyptian health ministry laboratory in Cairo confirmed the girl’s infection, according to a Kuwait News Agency story quoting a ministry spokesman, Abdul-Rahman Shahin. The girl’s condition improved after she was treated with oseltamivir, he said.Hassan al-Bushra, a regional communicable disease official with the World Health Organization (WHO), said the case occurred in an urban area, according to the Reuters story.The WHO has not yet included the girl’s case in its H5N1 tally for Egypt. The WHO’s global count is 278 cases with 168 deaths. Thirteen of Egypt’s cases have been fatal.Meanwhile, Shahin said the 4-year-old boy who was identified Mar 11 as Egypt’s 24th H5N1 case-patient has recovered and was to be discharged from a hospital today, according to the Kuwait News Agency story.In other developments, an Egyptian agriculture official said avian flu had been found on nine farms in Egypt where the poultry had been vaccinated, according to a Mar 14 Agence France-Presse (AFP) report.The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said almost 10,000 of 41,684 birds raised on the farms had died since the beginning of this year.A UN Food and Agriculture Organization official, who also spoke anonymously, told AFP the situation was not alarming. “No vaccine is 100% effective,” he said.