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Powering your day: PGE meteorologist

Maintaining your energy reliability by forecasting the wind

It’s 4 a.m. and PGE meteorologist Erik Janzon is already hard at work reviewing the latest forecasts. He’s not just looking at temperatures; he’s also analyzing the wind that will blow through Oregon—which we use to power your business.

With a bachelor’s degree in meteorology and a master’s degree in atmospheric science, Erik uses his expertise to interpret data and improve on weather prediction models. It’s helping PGE better understand what the wind will do in the next five minutes, the next hour, the next day, weeks and months ahead. But how does that help you?

Forecasting for a cleaner future

To offer clean and reliable energy, we constantly balance our power supply. We turn different sources—such as wind—up and down as they become more or less available. But with 700 megawatts (MW) of wind coming from PGE-owned wind farms Biglow and Tucannon, there’s a lot to keep track of. Luckily, Erik will help us predict what our wind power will do, so we can better manage these resources and help keep your energy costs low.

“I’m creating new tools and training staff so we can deliver the most reliable power for our customers,” says Erik with a smile. “Being the staff meteorologist also means I’m the first one everyone calls during an ice storm, asking if I think it’s safe to go outside.”

Fortunately, you don’t need to know what a “marine push” is or how a “low-pressure trough” affects our area because Erik is on the job, working hard to keep your energy supply reliable and affordable—even at 4 a.m.