As people who live, work and raise families here, we’re committed to powering Oregon’s energy future in ways that reduce carbon and other pollutant emissions, while also providing customers with reliable, reasonably priced electricity.
We generate electricity from a diverse range of generation resources, including natural gas, coal, hydro, renewables, long-term contracts and market purchases. Some of these emit greenhouse gases.
It’s not yet possible for utilities like PGE to provide reliable, safe and affordable electricity with an entirely emissions-free generation mix.
See the latest national benchmarking report for our emissions ranking among the nation’s 100 largest utilities.
Our efforts in the past decade have helped us avoid emitting almost 1.6 million tons of CO2 each year. This work includes:
Helping our customers use energy more efficiently to reduce the need to build new plants.
Reducing regional transportation emissions – one of leading causes of emissions – by increasing the use of electric vehicles in our fleet and supporting public charging station infrastructure.
Adding wind and solar resources like our Biglow Canyon and Tucannon River wind farms, which are helping us meet Oregon’s Renewable Portfolio Standard, which was updated in 2016 by the Oregon Legislature as part of the Oregon Clean Electricity Plan. We also purchase wind power under long-term contracts and run the nation’s No. 1 renewable power program.
Making plant efficiency upgrades that increase electricity production, and fish-passage improvements that allow us to keep making emissions-free hydroelectric power.
PGE payments toward greenhouse gas reduction projects total more than $17 million as of the end of 2014.
Using smart meters, which communicate with PGE remotely and securely, and cut 1.2 million miles of driving per year.
New actions will reduce carbon emissions by an estimated 2.2 million tons per year by 2021 through energy efficiency measures, renewable power development, and actions at our Boardman Power Plant.
Under Oregon’s Clean Electricity Plan, transition off coal power and double the amount of renewable energy used to serve PGE customers by 2040.
Cease coal-fired generation at our Boardman plant in 2020, reducing our annual average carbon emissions by about 1.2 million tons per year.
Test new smart grid solutions like battery storage and other equipment that help us integrate intermittent renewable power.
Our Pelton Round Butte and Sullivan plants generate low-impact hydro power, having passed a rigorous certification process to demonstrate minimum impact on fish and wildlife. Only 33 U.S. hydro plants have earned this designation.
A variety of factors can increase or decrease greenhouse gas emissions in any given year. These include water availability for hydro generation, the energy demand of customers, and the availability of intermittent renewable resources such as solar and wind.