PGE and the Bonneville Power Administration signed a Memorandum of Understanding May 30, 2013, identifying a new option that avoids the need to build any portion of the Cascade Crossing project at this time. Under this option, PGE could acquire existing transmission capacity that should meet our customers’ needs for the next 10 years without making further grid enhancements. This capacity is expected to become available because of changing energy market conditions.
We still need to complete certain field studies to meet contractual obligations and preserve the value of permitting data. This may require survey crews to access properties where PGE has obtained rights of entry. This work is expected to conclude by August. Once this work is complete, PGE plans to withdraw permit applications and will cancel permits of entry with landowners.
Since PGE held its first open houses in 2009 to introduce the Cascade Crossing project, we’ve been privileged to meet with landowners and other interested parties to discuss the need for transmission in the region. We sincerely thank everyone with whom we’ve met, especially property owners who granted permission to conduct field studies on their property.
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