PGE, PacifiCorp Begin Dialogue About 500 kV Electric Transmission Project

Portland General Electric (PGE) and PacifiCorp have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to initiate discussions about jointly developing, constructing and owning the Cascade Crossing Transmission Project in Oregon.

The proposed project would include a new 210-mile, double-circuit, 500 kV transmission line from Boardman to Salem. PGE has applied to the federal government for right-of-way grants and special-use permits to cross federally managed lands and has also submitted a notice of intent to apply for an energy-facility site certificate from the Oregon Energy Facility Siting Council. If the project is approved, construction will take place between 2013 and 2015.

‘This potential partnership would bring Oregon's two largest investor-owned utilities together to help meet the state's growing energy needs, enable the development of more renewable power projects in Oregon and enhance reliability of the region's electrical grid,’ adds Steve Hawke, PGE's senior vice president for customer service and delivery.

The MOU provides that PGE and PacifiCorp will engage in discussions concerning the specific terms and conditions of a definitive agreement. Both utilities are already part of the Northern Tier Transmission Group, a regional organization focused on transmission issues.

SOURCE: Portland General Electric

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