Portland General Electric Power Plans Would Triple Clean Energy Resources

Portland General Electric plans to increase the clean energy it provides to customers and meet its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from electricity supplied to customers by at least 80% by 2030, 90% by 2035 and zero emissions by 2040.

PGE has launched its public Request for Proposals (RFP) process and filed its first Distribution System Plan (DSP) with the Oregon Public Utilities Commission.

PGE made three filings with OPUC setting out these plans. First, launch its call for tenders to procure more renewable and non-emitting resources; second, to file the first part of its distribution network plan, which defines the necessary partnership with customers to build the equitable network of the future and the quantity of distributed energy resources planned by 2030 and beyond; and third, file an extension waiver for the next integrated resource plan.

“We are taking action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while maintaining an affordable and reliable energy future for all,” said Brett Sims, vice president of energy strategy, regulation and procurement. EMP. “Working collaboratively with our stakeholders, we’re advancing plans to add more renewable, non-emitting resources and partnering with our customers to build a fair, two-way electricity grid.”

PGE estimates that by 2030 it will nearly triple the amount of clean, renewable energy serving customers. To meet the 2030 target, PGE, in addition to removing coal from its portfolio, will require approximately 1,500-2,000 MW of clean and renewable resources and approximately 800 MW of non-emitting dispatchable capacity resources. PGE is working to accelerate its exit from the coal-fired Colstrip plant by the end of 2025.

PGE is seeking approximately 1,000 MW of resources by launching its public bidding process. For customers, PGE expects to bring in approximately 375 to 500 MW of renewable resources, the equivalent of powering an average of 135,000 homes.

If beneficial to customers and in balance with affordability, PGE will work with OPUC to assess the opportunity to procure additional clean and renewable resources through this tender, with a potential target of obtain up to 1/3 of the own resources needed to meet the 2030 Emissions Reduction Target. year, which will help ensure the availability of a reliable and continuous service for all.

PGE also filed an extension waiver for the next IRP, which, if approved, would now be filed for review by OPUC in March 2023.

By 2030, PGE estimates that up to 25% of the electricity needed on the hottest and coldest days could come from customers and distributed energy resources (DERs), such as solar panels, batteries and electric vehicles. The first part of PGE’s inaugural DSP lays out plans to build the grid of the future with its customers, a network that supports a two-way energy ecosystem and enables customers to make energy management choices to support decarbonization.

By 2030, PGE predicts the potential for four times more distributed solar power and storage than today, bringing 500 MW of clean electricity to the grid. There are currently about 35,000 electric vehicles in Oregon, and the state has ambitious goals to add 250,000 registered zero-emission vehicles statewide by 2025 and 1.1 million by 2030. PGE anticipates this new load and is working to ensure its system is ready. Through its future DSPs, PGE will share more about the actions it is taking to help pave the way for this transition, including emerging technology identified by PGE’s smart grid testbed and how it interacts with the network.