IRP and CEP Resources and Materials

2023 Clean Energy Plan and Integrated Resource Plan (CEP/IRP)

  • PGE has already reduced emissions from power sold to Oregon retail customers by 25 percent below 2010-2012 baseline emissions.

  • Electrification of vehicles, homes, and businesses will accelerate load growth in the years ahead. This CEP/IRP anticipates and plans for that load as PGE decarbonizes.

  • PGE will need to add non-emitting energy resources and capacity at an accelerated pace in order to maintain system reliability, while we systematically reduce fossil fuel purchases and generation to achieve emissions targets.

  • PGE’s planned path to emissions targets features a linear decline in emissions associated with sales to Oregon retail customers from 2026-2030 and 2030-2040. Actual reductions may vary year-by-year due to variables that impact emissions that are beyond PGE’s control and/or the pace of clean energy acquisition and integration.

  • Achieving emissions targets reliably and affordably will require access to a wider geographic diversity of resources and the transmission solutions to access them. Participation in regional markets and partnerships that allow PGE to pool resources and source clean energy from across the West can increase reliability and lower costs for our customers.

  • Significant transmission constraints drive a greater role for customer-sited resources, including demand response and energy efficiency, and community-based renewable energy resources in this CEP/IRP. PGE plans to pursue all cost-effective energy efficiency and demand response during the Action Plan window. PGE establishes a target for CBRE resources of 155 MW by 2030 with plans to pursue at least 66 MW by 2026.

  • The growing role of customer-sited and community-based renewable energy resources in PGE’s decarbonization efforts underscores the importance of PGE’s ongoing efforts to enhance the capacities of distributed energy resources to provide local and system value when managed as a Virtual Power Plant.

  • PGE forecasts a significant capacity need of 1136 MW in summer, 1004 MW in winter, and a significant energy need of 905 MWa (~2,500 MW nameplate) by 2030.

  • Policy and market changes could change PGE’s estimated future energy and capacity needs but the near-term actions proposed during the Action Plan window are the same: conduct one or more Request for Proposals (RFPs) for an additional 181 MWa (~520 MW nameplate) of non-emitting generation and sufficient capacity to remain resource adequate each year.

  • 2030 emissions targets can be met by technologies and resources that are currently known and commercially available. 

  • Pathways to 2040 will require further development of non-emitting resources to meet the region’s energy and capacity needs.

  • PGE’s natural gas plants will continue to play a role in helping to meet our resource adequacy needs during the clean energy transition. PGE will continue to invest in the efficiency, safety, and emissions controls of those facilities as appropriate.

  • Efforts to specify the sources of generation for resources currently procured through short-term market purchases will reduce PGE’s reported emissions and future energy needs.

  • Utilizing federal, state, and local funding opportunities to support decarbonization on our system will mitigate customer price pressure during the transition.

  • PGE’s success will require deep and continued collaboration with our customers, communities, and stakeholders and with a wide range of leaders at all levels of government.

Deep Decarb Study

In 2021, Portland General Electric commissioned Evolved Energy Research to conduct an independent study exploring pathways to deep decarbonization for its service territory, called a Deep Decarb Study. This study was finished in 2022 and is an update to an earlier Deep Decarb Study that accompanied the 2019 IRP. The Deep Decarb Study explores potential pathways for economy-wide decarbonization across PGE's service territory given the enactment of House Bill 2021 and DEQ's Climate Protection Program emissions targets. The study does not replace existing tools or processes used by PGE to plan for resource and system needs in compliance with the law.

This analysis was completed prior to the passage of the Inflation Adjustment Act. To adjust for the impact of the IAA on PGE and our customers, an additional slide by PGE has been added to the study.

Energy Efficiency Methodology

PGE relies on the Energy Trust to identify energy efficiency measures available in the IRP. Energy Trust is a nonprofit organization funded by Oregon and Southwest Washington utility customers. Using a resource assessment modeling tool they identify what energy efficiency measures are cost-effective for PGE. These cost-effective measures are built into the IRP load forecast and assumed to be acquired in most portfolios. Energy Trust also provide measures they deem to be non-cost effective to PGE. Non-cost-effective measures are screened for current cost-effectiveness a second time using IRP models.

Climate Adaptation Study

PGE contracted with Creative Renewable Solutions to study the impact of climate change on PGE’s loads and resources. The study was requested by stakeholders and PUC Staff as part of the 2019 IRP acknowledgement process. It cumulates in a list of recommendations PGE can incorporate to better address climate change in long term planning. Based on the recommendations and discussions with the consultancy, PGE reduced the number of hydro and temperature years used in long term planning adequacy models to better align with the changing climate. The study also provided data, via the RMJOC, on how hydropower generation may change due to climate change. Using these data, PGE ran multiple sensitivities assessing how different future hydro conditions impact resource adequacy. PGE will take Creative Renewable Solutions recommendations into consideration for future planning work.

Flexibility Study

PGE worked with Blue Marble Analytics to study system flexibility needs. This study builds off the 2019 IRP flexibility study also conducted by Blue Marble. It uses a production-cost model, GridPath, to examine the PGE system under various commitment stages (day-ahead, hour-ahead, real time). It focuses on three items: flexibility adequacy, flexibility integration cost of new resources, and new resource (like batteries) flexibility value.

CEP Data Template

This spreadsheet contains supporting data for PGE's portfolio analysis for the 2023 Clean Energy Plan and Integrated Resource Plan (CEP/IRP). For accessibility and in compliance with OPUC Order 22-446, the data is provided in a standard format provided by Public Utility Commission of Oregon (OPUC) Staff.

Past IRP documents

We believe our 2019 IRP represents the very best path forward as we continue to move aggressively to cut greenhouse gas emissions from our system while maintaining a reliable and affordable supply of clean energy for our customers, now and in the future.

The plan includes measured steps we can take today to address climate change. It also provides maximum flexibility to make adjustments — with consultation from the OPUC and our stakeholders — as technology, policies and conditions related to the COVID-19 crisis continue to evolve.

Throughout the public 2019 IRP process, PGE worked to design a plan that reflects the values of our customers and community, responds to customer and stakeholder feedback, and embraces positive change taking place in the energy industry. We filed the plan with the OPUC on July 19, 2019. After extensive review and input from customer groups and other stakeholders, the commission acknowledged the plan on March 16, 2020. We invite you to read our 2019 IRP and let us know what you think about it.

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