PGE says bidding process was fair

PGE says bidding process was fair

Portland General Electric responded to critics, saying its recent competitive bidding process for new resources was fair.

Oregon's largest utility just completed a three-year process to choose vendors for its biggest acquisition of new generation resources in decades. The plan comprises a $1.3 billion investment in three power plants: a 440-megawatts gas fired plant to provide baseload power to customers, 200 megawatts in flexible capacity to fill in for intermittent and seasonal needs, and a new wind farm to meet state renewable energy mandates.

Other bidders have called the results into question. Calpine Corp, for instance, says it offered a significantly cheaper option than the baseload plant PGE chose at Boardman. The backers of a proposed 650-megawatt plant in Troutdale, meanwhile, have asked the PUC to issue a declaratory ruling blocking PGE's ability to recover some or all of its investment. Other bidders have asked to participate in the PUC's deliberation.


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