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Oregon utility aims for a 2GW clean energy initiative

Last Updated on 08th January 2024

PGE, a US utility, has announced plans to obtain up to 2 GW of renewable energy to help fulfill a goal of lowering greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from power delivered to consumers by at least 80% by 2030, 90% by 2035, and zero by 2040.


The company has started a public request for proposals (RFP) process and has submitted its first Distribution System Plan to the Oregon Public Utilities Commission (OPUC).


It is expected that by 2030, the amount of clean and renewable energy available to customers will have roughly tripled.


PGE will need between 1.5GW to 2GW of clean and renewable energy to meet the target, in addition to removing coal from its portfolio. It will also require around 800MW of non-emitting dispatchable capacity.


By the end of 2025, PGE hopes to be out of the coal-fired Colstrip power plant.


PGE is seeking roughly 1GW of resources by launching a public RFP process.


PGE intends to bring on roughly 375-500MW of renewable energy for customers.


According to the corporation, it will collaborate with OPUC to assess the opportunity to acquire additional clean and renewable resources through this RFP, with the goal of obtaining up to one-third of the clean resources required to reach the 2030 emissions reduction objective.


PGE will also seek about 375MW of non-emitting dispatchable capacity resources that may be used on the warmest and coldest days of the year, ensuring that everyone has access to reliable service.


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