Portland General Electric adds new generation in recent months

Portland General Electric filed a notice on Feb. 13 at the Federal Energy Regulatory about a change in its market power status related to two new power generating facilities, and acquisitions related to existing facilities.

The changes are:

  • Effective Dec. 15, 2014, PGE’s new Tucannon River Wind Farm became operable. This facility has a nameplate rating of 267 MW with the highest seasonal capacity factor of 32.7%. The derated capacity is therefore approximately 87 MW.
  • Effective Dec. 31, 2014, PGE’s new Port Westward 2 gas-fired facility became operable. This facility has a nameplate rating of 220 MW.
  • PGE has added small dispatchable standby generation units, comprised of diesel generators, that total 7.15 MW of generation.
  • On Dec. 31, 2014, PGE acquired approximately 64 MW (summer and winter MDC) of generation in the Bonneville Power Administration balancing authority area as a result of the purchase of Power Resources Cooperative’s 10% interest in the Boardman coal unit. The commission approved this transaction on Nov. 14, 2014. By long-term contract, the capacity remains under the control of Turlock Irrigation District. PGE has no scheduling rights to that capacity and no access to the transmission connected to it.
  • On Jan. 1, 2015, the Sun Way II project (1.1 MW nameplate) transferred the remaining 95% share of ownership to PGE. Because this facility was always under the control of PGE and considered as such in the market analysis, the change in ownership does not impact the results of the indicative screens. 
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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.