Powering the future
As our region’s population and industries grow, PGE is planning strategically for new, cost-effective and more sustainable ways to generate electricity.
PGE periodically develops an Integrated Resource Plan outlining our strategy for meeting our customers’ future energy needs.
PGE continues to prioritize adding more renewable power to our system, like wind and solar, to help us reach Oregon’s standard requiring us to meet fifty percent of our customers’ demand for power from qualifying renewables by 2040.
Counting our hydroelectric plants, we expect our resource mix to be seventy percent carbon-free by that date.
Our two largest renewable generating facilities are:
Biglow Canyon Wind Farm on 25,000 acres in Wasco, Ore.
Tucannon River Wind Farm located on 20,000 acres near Dayton, Wash.
Building a smarter, more interconnected western energy grid
Energy Imbalance Market: As of Oct. 1, 2017, PGE began participating in the Western Energy Imbalance Market, a real-time energy wholesale market that automatically dispatches the lowest-cost electricity generating resources available to meet short-term utility customer needs, while optimizing use of renewable energy over a six-state region (soon to be seven, plus a Canadian province).
The EIM uses the latest technology to coordinate power sales and purchases among participating utilities in five and fifteen minute intervals, balancing the demand and supply of electricity while making it easier to integrate the variable output of renewables like wind and solar power.
The system is designed to save money for customers while making our power supply cleaner and more secure.
PGE remains responsible for meeting our customers’ electricity needs and working with Oregon regulators to plan for our energy future, reflecting state and local goals, priorities and needs.
Exploring diverse options
No single generating resource or type of resource will meet all our needs, so in addition to our diverse mix of hydroelectric, wind, solar and thermal generators, PGE is always keeping an eye on new possibilities, like the potential to convert our Boardman Plant into a renewable energy generation facility using biomass for fuel.
Testing was completed in 2017, but further analysis and modeling is needed before any decisions can be made.
PGE continually looks for ways to update our system and facilities to be more efficient and help our customers use energy efficiently, too. We are:
- Helping customers use energy wisely by providing advice on energy-efficiency upgrades and connecting them to Energy Trust of Oregon incentives that make efficiency more affordable.
- Investing in transmission system improvements to better serve customers and deliver power from new resources.
- Leveraging new technologies, including the smart meter system, which has allowed us to reduce our meter-reading vehicle fleet, cutting 1.2 million miles of driving each year. And as part of the smart grid, smart meters also give customers detailed information to help them save energy.
- Extending our distributed-generation network by tapping customers’ stand-by generators to meet peak demand.
- Offering renewable-power choices for homes and businesses, which help foster the development of more renewable resources.
- Encouraging efficient transportation options for homes and businesses using electric vehicles.
- Analyzing and advocating for policies and legislation, at the local, state and federal levels, which meet Oregon’s energy needs in an increasingly sustainable way.