Portland wants to preserve transmission infrastructure at Boardman coal plant

Portland General Electric in a Feb. 17 filing at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission pointed out how it wants to preserve the transmission infrastructure at the Boardman coal plant site once coal use at the plant ceases in 2020.

In September 2014, Portland General Electric filed revised Rate Schedule 79 relate to Boardman. The base agreement in Rate Schedule 79 is an agreement for the joint ownership of the Boardman plant among PGE, Idaho Power and Power Resources Cooperative (PRC), whose ownership interests in Boardman at that point were 80%, 10% and 10%, respectively. At the end of 2014, Portland acquired PRC’s 10% interest, bringing its ownership of the plant up to 90%. FERC staff asked for more details on various matters and those questions were addressed in the Feb. 17 filing.

Portland said in the filing about related transmission lines: “The parties want to continue their joint ownership arrangement over the Boardman-Slatt Line Facilities and the Dalreed Line Facilities after the Boardman generating plant ceases coal-fired operations by December 31, 2020, pursuant to a consent decree entered by the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon.”

Portland said that amending the existing agreement, rather than entering into a new agreement, is more efficient because it allows the parties to retain relevant terms that were negotiated when the jointly owned facilities were built and that will continue to apply to the Boardman-Slatt Line Facilities and the Dalreed Line Facilities. It added: “The parties are hopeful that they will be able to negotiate a new agreement and file it with this Commission before cessation of coal-fired operations in the year 2020. Therefore, the parties intend and expect that a new agreement will be in place upon closure of the Boardman generation plant.”

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