Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and PGE to celebrate launch of major transmission upgrade in Oregon

Media, stakeholders and energy leaders are invited to join for this reliability and clean energy milestone

Nov. 15, 2023

What: The Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon (CTWS), in partnership with Portland General Electric, invites media and stakeholders to join a celebratory event announcing the launch of their partnership to complete a major transmission upgrade, funded in part by a $250 million investment from the U.S. Department of Energy.CTWS received the grant from DOE as part of the Grid Resilience Innovative Partnership Program (GRIP).

This project will increase capacity of the Bethel-Round Butte transmission line, a crucial artery in the region’s transmission system, key to enabling renewable energy potential on the CTWS Reservation. This innovative project will unlock resources for the Tribes, including new renewable infrastructure, opportunities for industrial development, clean energy jobs, and revenue. Enhancements to transmission infrastructure will also allow renewable energy from Central and Eastern Oregon – and throughout the West – to be delivered to centers of electrical demand in PGE’s service area.

Please join us for a celebration to kick off this long-term project, featuring remarks from Tribal, utility, and national leaders.

When: December 1, 2023; 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Event agenda includes:

  • Optional tour of Round Butte Dam & fish facilities

  • Opening prayer from Warm Springs Tribal Council

  • Statement of project benefits

  • Remarks from Tribal, utility, federal, and state leaders

  • Lunch

Where: Pelton Round Butte Hydroelectric Project Office 726 SW Lower Bend Rd Madras, OR 97741


  • Jonathan Smith, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Tribal Council Chairman

  • Maria Pope, PGE President & CEO

  • Cathy Ehli, Warm Springs Power & Water Enterprises Executive Director

  • Other federal and state energy leaders

RSVP: If planning to attend, please RSVP PGE by 11/23/23.

About the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs
The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Oregon, is based in Central Oregon with a membership of over 5,000 Tribal Members from the Warm Springs, Wasco, and Paiute tribes. Learn more at PGE

About Portland General Electric Company
Portland General Electric (NYSE: POR) is a fully integrated energy company that generates, transmits and distributes electricity to over 900,000 customers in 51 cities across the state of Oregon. For more than 130 years, Portland General Electric (PGE) has powered the advancement of society, delivering safe, affordable, reliable and increasingly clean energy. To deliver on its strategy and meet state targets, PGE and its approximately 3,000 employees committed to partnering with stakeholders to achieve at least an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from power served to customers by 2030 and 100% reduction by 2040. PGE customers set the standard for prioritizing clean energy with the No. 1 voluntary renewable energy program in the country. Additionally, for the fifth year in a row, PGE was recognized by the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index which highlights companies committed to creating a more equal and inclusive workplace. As a reflection of the company's commitment to the community it serves, in 2022, PGE employees, retirees and the PGE Foundation donated nearly $5.5 million and volunteered more than 18,000 hours with more than 400 nonprofits across Oregon. For more information visit

For more information contact:

Cathy Ehli, Warm Springs Power & Water Enterprises

For more information contact:

Allison Dobscha, Portland General Electric Company