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PGE Begins Push for New Power Plants

by Associated Press
The Daily News, January 6, 2010

PORTLAND -- Oregon's largest utility is beginning its push to build a new gas-fired power plant in the northcentral part of the state, one of a host of investments Portland General Electric plans in the next five years.

The utility hopes to address an energy supply shortfall, transmission bottlenecks and regulatory requirements.

Next to its coal-fired power plant in Boardman, east of Mount Hood, PGE hopes to construct a gas plant capable of generating some 400 megawatts of electricity.

Also planned is a 100 to 200 megawatt single-cycle turbine to fill in peak needs that the company hopes to build adjacent to its existing Port Westward gas plant in Clatskanie, west of Portland.

The Oregonian says the utility hasn't developed cost estimates for either plant, which would come on line between 2012 and 2015.

But PGE has a $2 billion slate of investments it is discussing with regulators.

Related Pages:
New Power Plan is Good Start, But Needs to Attack Coal Plants by Beres & Patton, Seattle Times, 9/27/9
NW Power Panel: Save Juice, Build Fewer Plants by Associated Press, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 9/3/9

Associated Press
PGE Begins Push for New Power Plants
The Daily News, January 6, 2010

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