- The Portland General Electric Company (PGE) announced Monday plans to build more than $1 billion in new resources, including a new natural gas-fired power plant in Boardman and a new wind farm in Southeast Washington.
- PGE will also acquire 1,500 megawatts (MW) of transmission capacity from the Bonneville Power Administration, and abandon plans to build its own Cascade Crossing transmission line from Boardman to Salem.
- The gas plant will comprise a single Mitsubishi turbine capable of generating 440MW, enough power to serve about 300,000 customers. It will be built adjacent to PGE's existing coal-fired plant in Boardman by Abnegoa S.A., an international energy developer and contractor. The wind farm comprises 116 Siemens wind turbines, each with a nameplate generating capacity of 2.3 MW, for a total nameplate capacity of 267MW.
From the article:
“PGE said changing market conditions created an opportunity to explore lower-cost alternatives that could provide needed transmission capacity with reduced environmental impacts.”