March open houses planned in Maupin and Boardman
Portland General Electric is hosting open houses in Maupin and Boardman in March 2013 to update landowners and others interested in its proposed Cascade Crossing Transmission Project. PGE representatives will share maps of the company’s current proposal and be available to discuss various aspects of the project.
- Maupin: March 20, 4 – 7 p.m., Maupin Grade School, 308 Deschutes Ave.
- Boardman: March 21, 4 – 7 p.m. Port of Morrow, 2 Marine Drive
PGE announced a change to the proposed project as the result of a memorandum of understanding (PDF) signed Jan. 14 with the Bonneville Power Administration. Instead of building a transmission project from Boardman to Salem, PGE is now proposing to build from Boardman to a new substation PGE would build about 18 miles southwest of Maupin, near the community of Pine Grove. This, plus other enhancements PGE would make to the existing transmission system, could significantly reduce environmental impacts while increasing capacity of the region’s transmission grid.
About the project
PGE is proposing a new transmission project to help meet Oregon’s growing energy needs, enable development of more renewable power projects, and enhance reliability of the region’s electrical grid. The project would enable PGE to deliver electricity from new and existing electricity power sources east of the Cascades to customers in the Willamette Valley. Additional information about the project and permitting processes will be posted soon.
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Public participation is a key component of the permitting processes. The agencies and PGE have launched a joint website that gives project details, explains the permitting processes and features interactive maps.
PGE intends to file amendments to the public permitting processes for the project. PGE will focus on permitting the project from Boardman to the Pine Grove substation and will suspend permitting of the previously proposed section west of the Maupin area. The project currently is undergoing review by the Oregon Energy Facility Siting Council and federal agencies involved in the National Environmental Policy Act process.
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Working with landowners
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PGE will continue to conduct aerial and on-the-ground field surveys in 2013. We sincerely thank property owners for their cooperation as we conduct these required studies.