Oct 16 (Reuters) - Portland General Electric Company (PGE)
said it has permanently shut its Boardman Generating
Station, the only coal-fired power plant in Oregon, to reduce
Some of the plant's employees will stay during 2021 and
ready the facility for demolition and removal beginning in 2022.
Others will retire, move to other positions with PGE, or leave
the company, it said in a release dated Thursday.
The company will continue electric service with a mix of
resources, including five-year contracts with the Bonneville
Power Administration, Washington's Douglas County PUD, and other
independent suppliers to meet near-term needs.
PGE is also building Wheatridge facility in the Morrow
County with NextEra Energy Resources, with 300 megawatts of wind
and 50 megawatts of solar, augmented by 30 megawatts of battery
The Wheatridge wind farm is currently in the final stages of
construction and will be online this year, while the solar and
storage resources will be constructed in 2021 and expected to be
online before the end of next year.
(Reporting by Sumita Layek in Bengaluru; Editing by Aurora