Benjamin Felton joins Portland General Electric as Chief Operating Officer

Energy executive brings deep industry knowledge, strong leadership and proven operating expertise to PGE’s commitment to delivering safe, reliable and affordable clean energy.

Mar. 16, 2023

Portland, Ore. — Portland General Electric (PGE) (NYSE:POR) today announced the appointment of Benjamin (Ben) Felton as the company’s new Chief Operating Officer, effective April 3, 2023. In his role, Felton will lead the utility operations groups, including generation, distribution, engineering, project management, environmental, construction, safety and other operations-focused areas.

"We are pleased to welcome Ben to PGE," said Maria Pope, president and CEO. "Ben brings a wealth of experience and deep operating expertise to our team and will play a key leadership role as we continue to serve customers with safe, reliable and affordable power, leading Oregon's clean energy transition.”

Felton comes to PGE with more than 30 years of energy industry experience with Consumers Energy, NiSource and DTE. He was most recently the senior vice president of Energy Supply at DTE. Prior to his current role, he held a variety of senior leadership positions including leading Electric Operations and Power Delivery at NIPSCO a subsidiary of NiSource, and Electric Systems Operations and Maintenance at Consumers Energy.

“I am honored to join PGE, a company known for its innovation and clean energy leadership,” said Felton. “There is a wealth of opportunity at PGE, and I am pleased to lead utility operations, bringing together core functions in driving a safe, efficient, customer-focused operating environment.” 

Felton holds a degree in Business Management and received a Master of Arts in Business Administration and Management from Spring Arbor University.

About Portland General Electric Company
Portland General Electric (NYSE: POR) is a fully integrated energy company based in Portland, Oregon. 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 more than 130 years, PGE has powered the advancement of society, delivering safe, affordable, and reliable energy to Oregonians. PGE and its approximately 3,000 employees are working with customers to build a clean energy future. Together with its customers, PGE has the No. 1 voluntary renewable energy program in the U.S. PGE is committed to achieving at least an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from power served to customers by 2030 and 100% reduction by 2040. In 2021, PGE became the first U.S. utility to join The Climate Pledge. For the ninth year in a row PGE achieved a perfect score on the 2021 Human Rights Campaign Foundation's Corporate Equality Index, a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ workplace equality. In 2021, PGE, employees, retirees, and the PGE Foundation donated $4.8 million and volunteered 15,760 hours with more than 300 nonprofits across Oregon. For more information visit

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