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March 02, 2011

PGE to host March 10 open house on upcoming Boardman-area projects
Projects include improvements to Boardman Plant, biomass pilot project, proposed natural gas-fired plant and proposed transmission line


Portland, Ore. — Portland General Electric will hold an open house Thursday, March 10 at the Port of Morrow conference center to discuss next steps for the Boardman Power Plant and proposals for a new transmission project and a new natural gas-fired plant in the Boardman area.

The open house will be held from 4-7 p.m. at the Port offices, 2 Marine Drive.  Presentations and time for follow-up questions will be offered at 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.  PGE staff will be available to answer individual questions throughout the event.

The Boardman Plant.  The Oregon Environmental Quality Commission decided in December that PGE may continue to operate the Boardman Plant for 10 more years, providing that the company installs new controls to reduce certain air emissions. At the open house, PGE staff will explain the controls being installed and the construction schedule. In addition, they will discuss plans to test the possibility of using biomass to replace coal as the plant’s fuel, which could allow the plant to continue operating past 2020. As part of that project, local farmers will be growing Giant Cane as the test fuel

Proposed Cascade CrossingTransmission Project.  PGE is proposing a new transmission project to enhance reliability of the region’s electrical grid, enable development of more renewable power projects and help meet Oregon’s growing energy needs.  The proposal includes a 500-kilovolt transmission line that would begin in Boardman and end east of Salem.  It also includes a new substation near the Boardman Plant.

PGE has identified two study corridors in the Boardman area; both begin at the Coyote Springs Plant and connect to the Boardman Plant before heading southwest toward Salem. At the open house, PGE will share maps of study corridors and gather feedback from property owners and community members as it works to identify more specific routes within the corridors.

 

Proposed Carty Generating Station.   PGE’s 2009 Integrated Resource Plan calls for the company to build or buy power from a baseload natural gas-fired plant by 2015. Later this year, PGE expects to issue a request for proposals, which will allow PGE and other parties to propose different options to meet this need. As part of this process, PGE will propose building the Carty Generating Station, a 300-500 MW natural gas-fired plant adjacent to the existing Boardman Plant.  The Oregon Public Utility Commission will review final resource decisions to confirm the options selected are in the best interests of PGE customers.

If the Carty proposal is chosen, the plant’s construction would create up to 500 jobs over three years, with 20 new permanent positions once completed. It also would add significant capital investment to the Morrow County tax base.

PGE has set up toll-free numbers where anyone can call and leave a voice mail with questions or comments on the projects.  Voice mails will be returned no later than the following business day.  For Cascade Crossing, call 1-877-268-2287; for the Carty Generating Station and Boardman Plant projects, call 1-866-933-9189.

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Portland General Electric, headquartered in Portland, Ore., is a fully integrated electric utility that serves approximately 821,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Oregon. Visit our Web site at PortlandGeneral.com

For more information, contact:

Brianne Hyder, PGE, 503-464-8442
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