About the Project
PGE employees live, work, play and fish in Central Oregon. From Crescent Lake to Lake Billy Chinook and all the way to the mouth of the Columbia — we love and value this river.
For more than a decade, we’ve co-managed the Pelton Round Butte hydroelectric project with the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon.
The hydro project was completed in 1964 and includes three dams situated along a 20-mile stretch in the Deschutes River Canyon.
For more than 40 years, the dams significantly altered the natural ecosystem, cutting off the native salmon and steelhead populations in the Upper Deschutes and changing temperatures in the Lower Deschutes.
Since the early 90s, we’ve been working with more than 20 partners — including non-profit organizations and local, state and federal agencies — to plan, monitor and manage the project.
We are working together on our long-term goals:
- Help restore key aspects of the Deschutes watershed.
- Return sustainable migratory salmon and steelhead above the project.
- Reconnect native bull trout populations upstream and downstream of the project.
- Continue to generate clean, renewable power for Oregon.
Our work in this region is guided by a federal license and regulated by state and federal agencies. Using the best science available, we perform monitoring and studies to inform our work.
We provide clean, renewable, emissions-free electricity to nearly 150,000 homes. The project was recently re-certified as a low impact hydro facility by the Low Impact Hydropower Institute Board.
We help transport juvenile salmon and steelhead downstream using the Selective Water Withdrawal system.
Ongoing studies and monitoring
We conduct many studies to determine how the salmon and steelhead are doing and to evaluate what’s needed to support the return of a sustainable migratory population. We also monitor and protect bird and deer populations in the project area.
Pelton Round Butte Fund
We fund the efforts of local watershed and conservation groups to support fish passage and habitat improvement measures in the Deschutes Basin.
We remain steadfast in our commitment to support our local economy, community and environment.