PGE, BPA Agree To Discuss Mutual Interests In Transmission Projects

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Portland General Electric (PGE) has entered into a memorandum of understanding with the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) to coordinate the planning of new electrical substations and transmission facilities, as well as to consider joint development of these assets.

The agreement allows PGE and BPA to share confidential information as they work together on issues such as system interconnections, substation locations and the utilization of existing transmission corridors, the companies say.

PGE has proposed Cascade Crossing, a double-circuit transmission project running from Boardman to the Salem area, to help meet Oregon's growing energy needs, enhance reliability of the electrical grid and allow for development of more renewable power. The project would connect new and existing energy-generating resources east of the Cascades to the Willamette Valley.

BPA is building the McNary-John Day transmission project, which is expected to be completed in January 2012. BPA is conducting environmental analyses on three proposed 500 kV transmission lines. In addition, BPA is developing several large electrical substations to integrate wind generation into the Northwest grid.

SOURCE: Portland General Electric

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