Oregon families cannot really see what Portland General Electric (PGE), with the help of Black & Veatch, is doing for them and their communities. But there is a difference in their environment thanks to a diverse, safe, reliable supply of electricity. And they are enjoying a better quality of life without thinking about it.
PGE provides electric service to more than 800,000 customers in Portland, Oregon, and surrounding communities. In 2009, the company submitted an Integrated Resource Plan to the Oregon Public Utility Commission. The plan stated the need for approximately 200 megawatts (MW) of flexible capacity to meet growing demands for electricity. Because of PGE’s commitment to renewable energy and the addition of new wind and solar power capacity into the system, PGE also needed an efficient technology capable of quick starting and fast ramp-up and ramp-down rates to fulfill the electric grid’s need for flexibility.