Dirt flies on PGE's new natural gas plant

PGE's new natural gas plant, outside of Clatskanie, is expected to create as many as 200 construction jobs.

Ground has broken on Portland General Electric Co.'s new natural gas plant.

The facility, near Clatskanie, will incorporate such renewable energy forms as wind and solar into PGE's system. The plant will also feature peaking resource methods that manage energy use during periods of high demand.

The Columbia County project is expected to create some 200 construction jobs. PGE believes it will come online in 2015. The plant is adjacent to PGE's Port Westward and Beaver plants.

PGE (NYSE: POR) said the 220-megawatt plant will cost between $285 million and $310 million.

Accion Group Inc. and the Oregon Public Utilities Commission oversaw the plant's bidding process.

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