PGE distributes $61 million in fee payments to city governments

May 02, 2018

Portland, Ore. – Portland General Electric recently presented $61 million in payments to 51 Oregon cities located within the company’s service area for 2018. The payments represent money from annual franchise fees and privilege taxes PGE pays city governments for the right to operate within their municipalities.

“Franchise fees and privilege taxes often play a critical role in city budgets,” said Dave Robertson, PGE’s vice president of public policy. “Oregon is our home and we want to support the communities where we live and work. This is another important way for PGE to support city services while providing our customers with safe, reliable, clean and affordable power.”

The amount PGE pays a city historically has ranged from 3.5 to 5 percent of the annual gross revenue PGE earned within that city. Individual city results will vary based on a variety factors, such as local changes to population, economic and business conditions, and participation by some non-residential customers in Oregon’s electricity direct access program. PGE and the city work closely together to plan work in the right-of-way to minimize inconvenience to the public and keep costs down for both parties.

About Portland General Electric Company
Portland General Electric (NYSE: POR) is a fully integrated energy company based in Portland, Oregon, with operations across the state. The company serves approximately 900,000 customers with a service area population of 2 million Oregonians in 51 cities. PGE owns 16 generation plants across Oregon and other Northwestern states and maintains and operates 14 public parks and recreation areas. For over 130 years, PGE has delivered safe, affordable and reliable energy to Oregonians. Together with its customers, PGE has the No. 1 voluntary renewable energy program in the U.S. PGE and its 3,000 employees are working with customers to build a clean energy future. In 2020, PGE, employees, retirees and the PGE Foundation donated $5.6 million and volunteered 18,200 hours with more than 400 nonprofits across Oregon. For more information visit