Portland Paying off Poopy Mess with PGE

Fecal matter

Call it a crappy situation: Portland's city government is set to pay Portland General Electric more than $7,000 for a stinky incident last spring. On the docket for this Wednesday’s City Council meeting is an ordinance to pay PGE $7,270 for a sewage spill on their property at the World Trade Center complex on June 6, 2012. A sewage pipe collapsed under Southwest Jefferson Street, causing ...   More
Monday, March 18, 2013 MATT KAUFFMAN

Troutdale Energy Project Woos Kitzhaber


As The Oregonian reported this morning, a New York investment firm calling itself Troutdale Energy Center LLC is proposing to build a $680 million gas-fired electricity generating plant at the site of a defunct aluminum plant in east Multnomah County.Whether the plant gets built or whether Portland General Electric—which would be the plant's primary customer—builds its own generation will be decided ...   More
Monday, July 16, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Portland Schools Campaign Nears $200,000 Mark

Portland Public Schools

If you're keeping track of fund-raising for Portland Public Schools' money requests this May, there have been some large corporate donations in the past week. Portlanders for Schools, the campaign fund to pass both a $548 million bond measure and renewal of a local-option levy, collected $25,000 apiece from Portland General Electric and Howard S. Wright Constructors. And Nike donated $15,000.The latest ...   More
Monday, February 7, 2011 HANK STERN

Two Ballot Measures Seek Your Signature

OK, 2012 is a long way off. But for Oregon political junkies suffering from withdrawal after the November elections, here are two initiatives Secretary of State Kate Brown has green-lighted to begin gathering signatures. (The primary requirements for circulating petitions are 1,000 valid signatures and an approved ballot title.) The first, Initiative 3, "No Public Resources To Collect Political ...   More
Tuesday, January 11, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

PGE's $1.25 Million Calculator (Updated with PGE Response)

Back in September, the Oregon Public Utility Commission ruled that Portland General Electric owed customers $33.1 million for overcharges on the Trojan nuclear plant. The decision came after years of legal wrangling between PGE, the state's largest utility, and the Utility Reform Project. The watchdog URP argued that PGE was improperly earning a profit on Trojan long after the utility shuttered ...   More
Thursday, November 13, 2008 NIGEL JAQUISS

Will Oregon Lawmakers Get The State to Buy PGE?

For five years after Portland General Electric's former parent, Enron, declared bankruptcy in 2001, various politicians—most notably former Portland City Commissioner Erik Sten—tried to find ways for the public to buy the state's largest utility. Private investors tried as well. Although PGE and the state's second largest utility, PacifiCorp, are investor-owned, publicly owned utilities ...   More
Tuesday, March 24, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

Enviros: PGE’s Boardman Coal Plant is Oregon's Dirtiest (UPDATED with PGE comment)

Oregon enviros rolled out their "naughty and nice" list today as part of a new report by Environment Oregon entitled, “America's Biggest Polluters: Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Power Plants in 2007.” The report. which examines carbon dioxide emissions from power plants nationwide using data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, found that PGE's Boardman coal plant is Oregon's ...   More
Tuesday, December 22, 2009 Ari Phillips

Sierra Club Report Highlights Coal Ash Dangers at Boardman Plant

After a disastrous Tennessee coal-ash flood in 2008, environmentalists have increased their scrutiny of the giant holding ponds at coal-fired power plants. The stepped-up scrutiny aims both to monitor flood danger and to monitor the impact on ground water from the ponds, which are often full of burnt coal's toxic remains. The Sierra Club has now released a national report, which includes ...   More
Thursday, August 26, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS


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