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100 MW of Renewables Could be Added in Portland

Portland’s utility, the Portland General Electric Company, is requesting proposals for the development of 100 MW of renewable energy. It will consider projects from hydroelectric, solar, biogas, geothermal, and wind energy.

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Smaller projects must be at least 10 MW. They will also accept proposals for one very large project. The extra power created by the renewable energy developments is expected to be operational between 2013 and 2017.

“This RFP will be an important step in meeting the state’s renewable power goals, and together with our separate RFP for baseload and capacity resources will help solidify our ability to continue providing reliable,  affordable power to our customers for years to come,” said Jim Lobdell, PGE’s vice president.

About 11% of the utility’s energy currently comes from renewables. It us required by 2015 to hit 15%, and 25% by 2025. If it expands by 100 MW by 2017, it will have far more than the entire state of Georgia has currently.

Oregon has, at minimum, 3,000 solar and wind power jobs, according to a report by a 2011 Portland Development Commission report. This number does not factor in associated business.

Portland is known for being one of the greenest cities in the US, and Oregon one of the greenest states.

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