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PGE breaks ground on natural gas-fired power plant

Construction began on a natural gas-fired plant in Oregon.

Portland General Electric (PGE) broke ground on the $450 million Carty Generating Station next to the site of the 610-MW Boardman coal-fired power plant, according to The East Oregonian. When finished, the plant is planned to produce 440-MW and come online by July 2016. Workers are currently working on the foundation and installing transmission towers, the article said. The permit allows up to 900-MW, which allows PGE to build an additional 450-MW unit. The plant is being built as part of PGE’s 2009 integrated resource plan.

PGE agreed to either shut down the Boardman plant or switch to another generating source by the end of 2020 as part of an agreement to resolve Clean Air Act violations. PGE owns 80 percent of the plant, with Idaho Power Co. owning 10 percent; and Power Resources Cooperative owns 10 percent. PGE is the sole owner of the Carty plant.