Category Archives: Public Utilities Commission

PGE and PacifiCorp face big headwinds on resource plans

PacifiCorp and Portland General Electric pitched new resource plans to regulators last week that include major investments in renewable energy. PacifiCorp’s $3.5 billion proposal entails building 1,100 megawatts of new wind farms in Wyoming, upgrading another 1,000 megawatts of existing windmills there to provide more power, and building a new transmission line to ease bottlenecks […]
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Industry Groups Praise Oregon’s Move Toward Community Solar

On Thursday, the Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC) adopted community solar rules that solar advocates say will bring the state one step closer to enabling all Oregonians to directly participate in, and benefit from, local solar projects without having to place solar panels on their roofs. Gov. Kate Brown, D-Ore., signed S.B.1574 into law in March […]
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Oregon Utility Board Approves Controversial Sale Of Oil Tanks

The Oregon Public Utility Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a request by Portland General Electric to sell nine oil storage tanks on the Columbia River near Clatskanie. Source: Oregon Utility Board Approves Controversial Sale Of Oil Tanks | Jefferson Public Radio

 Community solar’s promise may go unfulfilled

Regulators propose modest pilot project, not game changer that was originally envisioned Source: Oregon Local News – Community solar’s promise may go unfulfilled

Sale Of Storage Tanks Raises Concerns About An Oil Terminal In Oregon

A proposal by Portland General Electric to sell nine oil storage tanks on the lower Columbia River has raised concerns about a potential oil-by-rail terminal in Oregon. Source: Sale Of Storage Tanks Raises Concerns About An Oil Terminal In Oregon . News | OPB

Ratepayers and activists insist PGE reject natural gas

Students, ratepayers, “raging grannies,” developers, politicians, and environmental activists packed a public meeting hall Monday to give state regulators and executives from Portland General Electric an earful about staying away from natural gas. There was no misinterpreting their strident message for the Oregon’s three public utility commissioners, punctuated by frequent bursts of applause and even […]
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Coos County voters reject ban on Jordan Cove natural gas terminal

Voters in Coos County rejected a ballot measure Tuesday that would have banned the controversial Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas export terminal and its 231-mile feeder pipeline. Measure 6-162, titled the Coos County Right to Sustainable Energy Future Ordinance, did not mention Jordan Cove specifically. But it took direct aim at the proposed Coos Bay […]
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PGE suspends permitting of new gas power plants in Boardman

Portland General Electric has suspended efforts to permit two new natural gas plants at a site in Boardman, about 150 miles east of Portland, saying it is in negotiations to potentially acquire existing resources instead. The company had initiated the permitting process to be ready if the plants were selected as the least-cost, least-risk option in […]
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PGE backs off its request to build two natural gas plants

Utility had been pressed by environmentalists, business, city and county leaders and Public Utility Commission staff to reconsider the expensive plants Portland General Electric formally suspended its effort Friday to get two new natural gas-fired plants approved at its Carty Generating Station in Eastern Oregon, the same day that Oregon Public Utility Commission staff dashed […]
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NW Natural charts a green-energy path

Portland-based natural gas utility shows how it can reduce carbon emissions At a time when President Donald Trump is forcing the federal government to disregard the threat from climate change, NW Natural is charting a strategy to achieve what it calls “aggressive greenhouse gas reductions.” Source: Oregon Local News – NW Natural charts a green-energy […]
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