Power Generation

PGE meets our area’s growing energy demands with a diverse mix of generation facilities that includes water power, wind, coal and natural gas combustion. In this gallery, you’ll find photos and videos of several of PGE’s power generation facilities. View the full Power Generation b-roll playlist on Vimeo  PGE

Hydropower generation

Hydropower is a reliable, affordable source of emissions-free electricity that harnesses the power of water to generate energy. Dams stop the flow of a river, allowing us to direct it into the powerhouse where the water turns blades in a turbine, spinning a generator and producing electricity. Hydropower is a great partner to other renewables, providing a steady and reliable source of electricity that enables us to integrate more wind and solar.

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The Pelton Round Butte hydroelectric project was completed in 1964 and includes three dams situated along a 20-mile stretch in the Deschutes River canyon (video courtesy of PGE).

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Sullivan hydro plant is PGE’s oldest hydro generating plant and one of two in the nation to be continuously running since construction (video courtesy of PGE).

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PGE hydropower facilities on the Clackamas River provide a sustainable source of electricity to power up to 78,000 homes (video courtesy of PGE).

bird eye view of Pelton dam
far away view from across Pelton dam
mountain view of Pelton dam
straight on view of Pelton dam
view of Pelton dam and larger body of water
view of Pelton dam from above
depth view of round butte dam
round butte dam surrounded by water
top of mountain view of round butte dam
view of mountains, water and trees at round butte dam
view of round butte dam
view of water and mountain at round butte dam
zoomed out view of round butte dam
blue skies behind sullivan hydro plant
bridge over sullivan hydro plant
full view of sullivan hydro plant
inside view of sullivan hydro plant
sky view of city and sullivan hydro plant
sky view of sullivan hydro plant
sullivan hydro plant waterfall
sullivan hydro plant with mountain view in the background
sullivan hydro plant with mountainscape in the background
top view of sullivan hydro plant
trees surrounding sullivan hydro plant
water coming out of sullivan hydro plant

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Pelton Dam, built in 1958, is a concrete arch dam that forms Lake Simtustus. The Pelton Round Butte hydroelectric project was completed in 1964 and includes three dams situated along a 20-mile stretch in the Deschutes River canyon. PGE co-owns and co-manages the project with the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon (photo courtesy of PGE).

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Pelton Dam, built in 1958, is a concrete arch dam that forms Lake Simtustus. The Pelton Round Butte hydroelectric project was completed in 1964 and includes three dams situated along a 20-mile stretch in the Deschutes River canyon. PGE co-owns and co-manages the project with the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon (photo courtesy of PGE).

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Pelton Dam, built in 1958, is a concrete arch dam that forms Lake Simtustus. The Pelton Round Butte hydroelectric project was completed in 1964 and includes three dams situated along a 20-mile stretch in the Deschutes River canyon. PGE co-owns and co-manages the project with the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon (photo courtesy of PGE).

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Pelton Dam, built in 1958, is a concrete arch dam that forms Lake Simtustus. The Pelton Round Butte hydroelectric project was completed in 1964 and includes three dams situated along a 20-mile stretch in the Deschutes River canyon. PGE co-owns and co-manages the project with the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon (photo courtesy of PGE).

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Pelton Dam, built in 1958, is a concrete arch dam that forms Lake Simtustus. The Pelton Round Butte hydroelectric project was completed in 1964 and includes three dams situated along a 20-mile stretch in the Deschutes River canyon. PGE co-owns and co-manages the project with the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon (photo courtesy of PGE).

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Pelton Dam, built in 1958, is a concrete arch dam that forms Lake Simtustus. The Pelton Round Butte hydroelectric project was completed in 1964 and includes three dams situated along a 20-mile stretch in the Deschutes River canyon. PGE co-owns and co-manages the project with the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon (photo courtesy of PGE).

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Round Butte, an earthen-fill dam, is the largest dam located entirely within the state of Oregon. The Pelton Round Butte hydroelectric project was completed in 1964 and includes three dams situated along a 20-mile stretch in the Deschutes River canyon. PGE co-owns and co-manages the project with the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon (photo courtesy of PGE).

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Round Butte, an earthen-fill dam, is the largest dam located entirely within the state of Oregon. The Pelton Round Butte hydroelectric project was completed in 1964 and includes three dams situated along a 20-mile stretch in the Deschutes River canyon. PGE co-owns and co-manages the project with the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon (photo courtesy of PGE).

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Round Butte, an earthen-fill dam, is the largest dam located entirely within the state of Oregon. The Pelton Round Butte hydroelectric project was completed in 1964 and includes three dams situated along a 20-mile stretch in the Deschutes River canyon. PGE co-owns and co-manages the project with the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon (photo courtesy of PGE).

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Round Butte, an earthen-fill dam, is the largest dam located entirely within the state of Oregon. The Pelton Round Butte hydroelectric project was completed in 1964 and includes three dams situated along a 20-mile stretch in the Deschutes River canyon. PGE co-owns and co-manages the project with the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon (photo courtesy of PGE).

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Round Butte, an earthen-fill dam, is the largest dam located entirely within the state of Oregon. The Pelton Round Butte hydroelectric project was completed in 1964 and includes three dams situated along a 20-mile stretch in the Deschutes River canyon. PGE co-owns and co-manages the project with the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon (photo courtesy of PGE).

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Round Butte, an earthen-fill dam, is the largest dam located entirely within the state of Oregon. The Pelton Round Butte hydroelectric project was completed in 1964 and includes three dams situated along a 20-mile stretch in the Deschutes River canyon. PGE co-owns and co-manages the project with the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon (photo courtesy of PGE).

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Round Butte, an earthen-fill dam, is the largest dam located entirely within the state of Oregon. The Pelton Round Butte hydroelectric project was completed in 1964 and includes three dams situated along a 20-mile stretch in the Deschutes River canyon. PGE co-owns and co-manages the project with the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon (photo courtesy of PGE).

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Sullivan hydro plant is PGE’s oldest hydro generating plant and one of two in the nation to be continuously running since construction (photo courtesy of PGE).

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Sullivan hydro plant is PGE’s oldest hydro generating plant and one of two in the nation to be continuously running since construction (photo courtesy of PGE).

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Sullivan hydro plant is PGE’s oldest hydro generating plant and one of two in the nation to be continuously running since construction (photo courtesy of PGE).

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Sullivan hydro plant is PGE’s oldest hydro generating plant and one of two in the nation to be continuously running since construction (photo courtesy of PGE).

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Sullivan hydro plant is PGE’s oldest hydro generating plant and one of two in the nation to be continuously running since construction (photo courtesy of PGE).

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Sullivan hydro plant is PGE’s oldest hydro generating plant and one of two in the nation to be continuously running since construction (photo courtesy of PGE).

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Sullivan hydro plant is PGE’s oldest hydro generating plant and one of two in the nation to be continuously running since construction (photo courtesy of PGE).

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Sullivan hydro plant is PGE’s oldest hydro generating plant and one of two in the nation to be continuously running since construction (photo courtesy of PGE).

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Sullivan hydro plant is PGE’s oldest hydro generating plant and one of two in the nation to be continuously running since construction (photo courtesy of PGE).

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Sullivan hydro plant is PGE’s oldest hydro generating plant and one of two in the nation to be continuously running since construction (photo courtesy of PGE).

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Sullivan hydro plant is PGE’s oldest hydro generating plant and one of two in the nation to be continuously running since construction (photo courtesy of PGE).

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Sullivan hydro plant is PGE’s oldest hydro generating plant and one of two in the nation to be continuously running since construction (photo courtesy of PGE).

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Thermal power generation

PGE’s thermal power generation plants operate with energy produced by combustion of fossil fuels like coal, natural gas, or fuel oil. This type of power generation aids PGE in supplying reliable power because it can flexibly respond to help balance renewable energy sources and customer energy use.

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In operation since 1974, the Beaver Power Plant consists of six GE 7B combustion turbines with by-pass stacks and heat recovery steam generators. (video courtesy of PGE).

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In operation since 2007, Port Westward is one of the most efficient gas-fired plants in the Western U.S. (video courtesy of PGE).

Water vapor rises from Port Westward 1’s cooling tower, releasing heat during the water-cooling process.
The Port Westward 1 engine exhaust stack treats exhaust gas from the engines to remove pollutants before it is released to the atmosphere.
An engine hall that holds six of the 12 engines that comprise Port Westward 2’s generation capacity.
External view of Port Westward. One of the most efficient gas-fired plants in the Western U.S.
External view of Port Westward. One of the most efficient gas-fired plants in the Western U.S.
The Heat Recovery Steam Generator at Port Westward 1 uses exhaust gas from the combustion turbine to make high-pressure steam to generate power from a steam turbine.
The Port Westward 2 engine exhaust catalysts and stacks treat exhaust gas from the engines to remove pollutants before it is released to the atmosphere.
Tesla batteries at Port Westward
The exterior of PGE's Beaver Power Plant building with the sun rising over the hills in the background
A Circulating Water system at PGE's Beaver Power Plant
The exterior of PGE's Beaver Power Plant building
A combustion turbine and a steam turbine generator at PGE's Beaver Power Plant
The main electrical switchgear building controls at PGE's Beaver Power Plant

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Water vapor rises from Port Westward 1’s cooling tower, releasing heat during the water-cooling process. In operation since 2007, Port Westward is one of the most efficient gas-fired plants in the Western U.S. Using a G-class turbine, Port Westward has the capability of generating 407,000 net kW, including 382 base load plus 25 MW duct firing. (photo courtesy of PGE).

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The Port Westward 1 engine exhaust stack treats exhaust gas from the engines to remove pollutants before it is released to the atmosphere. In operation since 2007, Port Westward is one of the most efficient gas-fired plants in the Western U.S. Using a G-class turbine, Port Westward has the capability of generating 407,000 net kW, including 382 base load plus 25 MW duct firing. (photo courtesy of PGE).

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An engine hall that holds six of the 12 engines that comprise Port Westward 2’s generation capacity. In operation since 2007, Port Westward is one of the most efficient gas-fired plants in the Western U.S. Using a G-class turbine, Port Westward has the capability of generating 407,000 net kW, including 382 base load plus 25 MW duct firing. (photo courtesy of PGE).

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In operation since 2007, Port Westward is one of the most efficient gas-fired plants in the Western U.S. Using a G-class turbine, Port Westward has the capability of generating 407,000 net kW, including 382 base load plus 25 MW duct firing. (photo courtesy of PGE).

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In operation since 2007, Port Westward is one of the most efficient gas-fired plants in the Western U.S. Using a G-class turbine, Port Westward has the capability of generating 407,000 net kW, including 382 base load plus 25 MW duct firing. (photo courtesy of PGE).

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The Heat Recovery Steam Generator at Port Westward 1 uses exhaust gas from the combustion turbine to make high-pressure steam to generate power from a steam turbine. In operation since 2007, Port Westward is one of the most efficient gas-fired plants in the Western U.S. Using a G-class turbine, Port Westward has the capability of generating 407,000 net kW, including 382 base load plus 25 MW duct firing. (photo courtesy of PGE).

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The Port Westward 2 engine exhaust catalysts and stacks treat exhaust gas from the engines to remove pollutants before it is released to the atmosphere. In operation since 2007, Port Westward is one of the most efficient gas-fired plants in the Western U.S. Using a G-class turbine, Port Westward has the capability of generating 407,000 net kW, including 382 base load plus 25 MW duct firing. (photo courtesy of PGE).

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The Tesla batteries provide 10-megawatt hours of energy storage and were installed at Port Westward as part of a pilot program to test and better understand the functionality of batteries in PGE’s system. In operation since 2007, Port Westward is one of the most efficient gas-fired plants in the Western U.S. Using a G-class turbine, Port Westward has the capability of generating 407,000 net kW, including 382 base load plus 25 MW duct firing. (photo courtesy of PGE).

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In operation since 1974, the Beaver Power Plant consists of six GE 7B combustion turbines with by-pass stacks and heat recovery steam generators. Those generators feed steam to a single steam turbine for a combined electric generation capacity of 500MW. Beaver is normally fueled by natural gas with ultra-low-sulfur diesel fuel available for contingency operation. When not in operation, the gas turbines are usually maintained in standby, capable of being brought on line in 20 minutes (photo courtesy of PGE).

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The Circulating Water system is primarily used to remove heat from the steam turbine main condensers. The system facilitates turning low-energy steam back into water for re-use in the steam plant. It also provides for heat removal from other plant systems during operation. In operation since 1974, the Beaver Power Plant consists of six GE 7B combustion turbines with by-pass stacks and heat recovery steam generators. Those generators feed steam to a single steam turbine for a combined electric generation capacity of 500MW. Beaver is normally fueled by natural gas with ultra-low-sulfur diesel fuel available for contingency operation. When not in operation, the gas turbines are usually maintained in standby, capable of being brought on line in 20 minutes (photo courtesy of PGE).

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In operation since 1974, the Beaver Power Plant consists of six GE 7B combustion turbines with by-pass stacks and heat recovery steam generators. Those generators feed steam to a single steam turbine for a combined electric generation capacity of 500MW. Beaver is normally fueled by natural gas with ultra-low-sulfur diesel fuel available for contingency operation. When not in operation, the gas turbines are usually maintained in standby, capable of being brought on line in 20 minutes (photo courtesy of PGE).

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Using waste heat from the combustion turbines, the steam turbine generator provides 20,000 volt AC power to the grid when in operation. In operation since 1974, the Beaver Power Plant consists of six GE 7B combustion turbines with by-pass stacks and heat recovery steam generators. Those generators feed steam to a single steam turbine for a combined electric generation capacity of 500MW. Beaver is normally fueled by natural gas with ultra-low-sulfur diesel fuel available for contingency operation. When not in operation, the gas turbines are usually maintained in standby, capable of being brought on line in 20 minutes (photo courtesy of PGE).

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The electrical nerve center for Beaver Plant, the main electrical switchgear building controls distribution of power to various plant systems to support operations. It facilitates remote and automated operation of electrical systems and also provides for system protection from equipment or cable faults. In operation since 1974, the Beaver Power Plant consists of six GE 7B combustion turbines with by-pass stacks and heat recovery steam generators. Those generators feed steam to a single steam turbine for a combined electric generation capacity of 500MW. Beaver is normally fueled by natural gas with ultra-low-sulfur diesel fuel available for contingency operation. When not in operation, the gas turbines are usually maintained in standby, capable of being brought on line in 20 minutes (photo courtesy of PGE).

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Wind power generation

Wind power is a reliable, affordable source of emissions-free electricity that harnesses the power of the wind to generate energy. Wind turns the propeller-like blades of a turbine around a rotor, which spins a generator and creates electricity.

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Completed in 2010, Biglow Canyon Wind Farm was PGE’s first wind farm (video courtesy of PGE).

above view of wind turbine at Biglow Canyon
back view of a wind turbine at Biglow Canyon
clear sky view of wind turbines at Biglow Canyon
grey cloudy skies at Biglow Canyon
inside turbine at Biglow Canyon
morning sky at Biglow Canyon
multiple wind turbines at Biglow Canyon
night view of Biglow Canyon
row of wind turbines at Biglow Canyon
side view of a wind turbine at Biglow Canyon
snowy terrain at Biglow Canyon
two large wind turbines at Biglow Canyon with more wind turbines lined up behind them
view of crane at Biglow Canyon
wind turbine at Biglow Canyon

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Wind turbines generate power at Biglow Canyon Wind Farm, PGE’s first wind farm. It has a total installed capacity of 450 MW. Given the variability of wind power, the plant generally produces enough energy to power the homes of about 125,000 average PGE residential customers (photo courtesy of PGE).

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Wind turbines generate power at Biglow Canyon Wind Farm, PGE’s first wind farm. It has a total installed capacity of 450 MW. Given the variability of wind power, the plant generally produces enough energy to power the homes of about 125,000 average PGE residential customers (photo courtesy of PGE).

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Wind turbines generate power at Biglow Canyon Wind Farm, PGE’s first wind farm. It has a total installed capacity of 450 MW. Given the variability of wind power, the plant generally produces enough energy to power the homes of about 125,000 average PGE residential customers (photo courtesy of PGE).

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Wind turbines generate power at Biglow Canyon Wind Farm, PGE’s first wind farm. It has a total installed capacity of 450 MW. Given the variability of wind power, the plant generally produces enough energy to power the homes of about 125,000 average PGE residential customers (photo courtesy of PGE).

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Wind turbines generate power at Biglow Canyon Wind Farm, PGE’s first wind farm. It has a total installed capacity of 450 MW. Given the variability of wind power, the plant generally produces enough energy to power the homes of about 125,000 average PGE residential customers (photo courtesy of PGE).

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Wind turbines generate power at Biglow Canyon Wind Farm, PGE’s first wind farm. It has a total installed capacity of 450 MW. Given the variability of wind power, the plant generally produces enough energy to power the homes of about 125,000 average PGE residential customers (photo courtesy of PGE).

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Wind turbines generate power at Biglow Canyon Wind Farm, PGE’s first wind farm. It has a total installed capacity of 450 MW. Given the variability of wind power, the plant generally produces enough energy to power the homes of about 125,000 average PGE residential customers (photo courtesy of PGE).

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Wind turbines generate power at Biglow Canyon Wind Farm, PGE’s first wind farm. It has a total installed capacity of 450 MW. Given the variability of wind power, the plant generally produces enough energy to power the homes of about 125,000 average PGE residential customers (photo courtesy of PGE).

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Wind turbines generate power at Biglow Canyon Wind Farm, PGE’s first wind farm. It has a total installed capacity of 450 MW. Given the variability of wind power, the plant generally produces enough energy to power the homes of about 125,000 average PGE residential customers (photo courtesy of PGE).

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Wind turbines generate power at Biglow Canyon Wind Farm, PGE’s first wind farm. It has a total installed capacity of 450 MW. Given the variability of wind power, the plant generally produces enough energy to power the homes of about 125,000 average PGE residential customers (photo courtesy of PGE).

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Wind turbines generate power at Biglow Canyon Wind Farm, PGE’s first wind farm. It has a total installed capacity of 450 MW. Given the variability of wind power, the plant generally produces enough energy to power the homes of about 125,000 average PGE residential customers (photo courtesy of PGE).

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Wind turbines generate power at Biglow Canyon Wind Farm, PGE’s first wind farm. It has a total installed capacity of 450 MW. Given the variability of wind power, the plant generally produces enough energy to power the homes of about 125,000 average PGE residential customers (photo courtesy of PGE).

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Wind turbines generate power at Biglow Canyon Wind Farm, PGE’s first wind farm. It has a total installed capacity of 450 MW. Given the variability of wind power, the plant generally produces enough energy to power the homes of about 125,000 average PGE residential customers (photo courtesy of PGE).

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Wind turbines generate power at Biglow Canyon Wind Farm, PGE’s first wind farm. It has a total installed capacity of 450 MW. Given the variability of wind power, the plant generally produces enough energy to power the homes of about 125,000 average PGE residential customers (photo courtesy of PGE). 

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