At PGE, we embrace new technologies alongside tried-and-true resources. With energy demand expected to increase 45 percent in the next 20 years, we work every day to ensure that we’re able to provide customers with reliable, affordable and environmentally responsible power.
PGE is rising to meet this challenge by making our existing facilities more efficient, building renewable generation, exploring new technologies and educating and encouraging customers in energy efficiency.
Our current Integrated Resource Plan calls for PGE to invest in energy efficiency, demand-side resources and renewable energy. It also calls for new, high-efficiency natural-gas fired generation. Read the latest news on how PGE is fulfilling its action plan.
Evolving power generation
We are well on our way toward achieving 25 percent of our power come from renewable energy. Our Biglow Canyon Wind farm is complete, with 217 turbines now generating electricity for Oregon homes and businesses. Given the variability of wind, the plant produces an average of around 150 MWs — enough to power 125,000 homes. Construction is also set to begin soon a new, 267-megawatt wind farm near Dayton, Wash. PGE has other investments in wind generation as well.
Oregon is becoming a solar hub and PGE continues to grow this resource — with more than 13 MWs of installed capacity in our operating area. Customers may also generate their own solar power by participating in our Net Metering or Solar Payment Option programs.
Both the PGE Pelton Round Butte hydro project and the Sullivan Plant now generate green power, having passed a rigorous certification process to demonstrate minimum impact on fish and wildlife. Only 53 U.S. hydro plants have earned this designation.
PGE has also received approval for a plan for its Boardman Plant. New emission control retrofits will be installed over the next ten years and the plant will cease coal-fired operations by the end of 2020.
Smart meters, smart grid
PGE’s new smart meters are the cornerstone of the smart grid of the future. PGE is helping to make the grid smarter with our participation in the Salem Smart Power project, a smart grid demonstration project.
Plug in! Charge up! Drive on!
PGE is helping to pave the way with electrification of transportation. We’re partnering with state and local governments, universities and businesses to build electric vehicle charging stations in Oregon, bring new electric vehicles to market and develop new business opportunities that benefit the region. Learn more.