Utility boosts flexibility focus to meet 2025 goals

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Portland General Electric has filed its Integrated Resource Plan with the Oregon Public Utility Commission, which includes heavy reliance on flexibility.

If approved, the plan will help the utility to balance its grid during peak periods.

The plan includes the energy provider to 887,000 customers in 51 cities expanding its renewable energy, energy efficiency and customer demand-response measures through 2025.

For instance:

  1. Adding 150MW of renewable resources by 2023
  2. Adding 157MW of energy efficiency measures
  3. Achieving 141MW of demand response capacity during winter, 211MW during summer, and 4MW of consumer on-site battery storage capacity
  4. Retiring baseload coal plants like PGE’s Boardman Generating Station

Maria Pope, CEO at PGE, said: “This is the first resource plan developed since we expanded our commitment to cut PGE greenhouse gas emissions.

“It proposes measured steps we can take today to address climate change, while allowing flexibility for adjustments as technology and policies continue to evolve.”

The release of the plan follows the utility setting goals to reduce eliminate coal from its energy mix by 2035

PGE is expecting the regulator to act on the filed proposal by the first quarter of 2020.