The Pacific Northwest continues to be one of the fastest growing regions in the country. During the next 20 years, demand for electricity to serve Oregon customers is expected to increase more than 45 percent, compared to 30 percent nationally. Combined with the expiration of a number of long-term power contracts, this means the gap between what PGE has available and what customers will need is growing. PGE’s Carty Generating Station will help PGE serve existing customer demand, meet additional growth and maintain reliability standards.
Carty Generating Station
The new 440-megawatt, natural gas-fired Carty Generating Station will be built for PGE adjacent to its existing Boardman Plant. Abengoa S.A., an international developer and contractor that specializes in carrying out complex turn-key projects for thermal generation, will construct the plant. It will use a G-class turbine manufactured by Mitsubishi and be capable of producing enough electricity to serve about 300,000 residential customers. PGE will own and operate the new facility, which is scheduled to be online in 2016. The project will create up to 500 jobs during construction and about 20 full- time positions when operating.