NextEra Energy Resources and PGE Launch New Clean Energy Facilities in Oregon

Posted on October 06, 2022 by Dave Kovaleski

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NextEra Energy Resources and Portland General Electric (PGE) have launched North America’s first large-scale energy facilities to co-locate wind, solar and battery storage in Morrow County, Oregon.

Wheatridge’s renewable energy facilities include 300 megawatts of wind power, 50 megawatts of solar power and 30 megawatts of battery storage.

“Bringing together wind, solar and energy storage on one site is quite an important moment for renewable technologies. We are excited to work with Portland General Electric and help them achieve their decarbonization goals,” said Rebecca Kujawa, President and CEO of NextEra Energy Resources. “These facilities generate low-cost local power and will provide millions of dollars in additional tax revenue to Morrow County over the life of the project.”

Wheatridge plays a key role in helping PGE meet Oregon’s goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% by 2030, 90% by 2035 and 100% by 2040 .

“By supporting innovative projects like Wheatridge, we continue to accelerate renewable energy solutions for our state, our communities and our customers, while maintaining reliability and affordability,” said Maria Pope, president and CEO of the management of Portland General Electric. “This partnership marks an important technological step in decarbonizing our system and making clean energy available to all Oregonians.”

Wheatridge’s renewable energy facilities generate electricity using wind and solar technology, while the battery storage system stores electricity that is not immediately used and provides it when it is needed. necessary.

“It’s through projects like Wheatridge that Oregon is leading the way in the growth of our clean energy economy. Under my administration, Oregon has taken a comprehensive approach to reducing our carbon emissions and moving Oregon to 100% clean energy in one of the most ambitious timelines in the nation,” said the Oregon Governor. Oregon, Kate Brown. “I strongly believe that we can transition to 100% clean sources of electricity and create well-paying jobs in rural Oregon at the same time.

The construction of the Wheatridge wind farm, solar and storage sites has created 300 jobs, while approximately 10 full-time employees will operate the combined facilities. The facilities will produce enough energy to power the equivalent of 100,000 homes.