PGE considering 15 new power-generation projects
By Christina Williams
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
The Troutdale Reynolds Industrial Park at the mouth of the Columbia River Gorge is the site proposed for a natural gas plant to serve Portland General Electric customers. PGE is considering bids for some 15 different generating projects that are vying to be part of the utility's energy mix.
Portland General Electric is in the midst of deciding what the region's future energy mix will look like, considering 32 bids representing 15 different generating projects submitted in August in response to the utility's request for proposals to meet future energy demands.
In order to keep up with planned energy capacity needs PGE (NYSE: POR) issues an RFP last year asking for projects that would provide 300-500 megawatts of baseload resources, approximately 200 megawatts of year-round flexible and peaking resources and two seasonal peaking resources — approximately 200 megawatts of winter and summer supply and approximately 150 megawatts of winter-only supply.
The projects proposed in the bids that PGE received would either be sold to PGE outright or would sell power to the utility under long-term purchase agreements. The total proposed output of the bids under consideration by PGE include:
- 1,627 megawatts of seasonal peaking resources.
- 1,651 megawatts of flexible capacity resources.
- 5,826 megawatts in baseload resources.
Some generating resources were submitted more than once, with bidders presenting various configurations of the same resource.
Names of the bidders and other details of the proposals aren't being revealed by PGE, but a natural gas plant proposed by Development Partners Group LLC earlier this year in Troutdale has made its bid to generate regional power public.
PGE officials said they will develop a short list of bids to begin negotiations by the end of November. Final selections are expected later this year or early in 2013.
The flexible and peaking resources are expected to be available in the 2013 to 2015 timeframe and the baseload energy resources are expected to be available in the 2015 to 2017 timeframe.
Accion Group, Inc., an independent evaluator hired by the Oregon Public Utility Commission, is helping to review bids to assure an open and impartial process.
PGE is also developing a second RFP for new generating resources, which will seek approximately 100 average megawatts of renewable power in order to meet Oregon's renewable portfolio standard.
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