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PGE suspends effort for two natural gas-fired power plants permits

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PORTLAND, OR - Portland General Electric has suspended its effort to get permits for two new natural gas-fired power plants near Boardman.
 
PGE said Friday that it sent letters to two Oregon state agencies asking them to suspend the utility's request for a change that would have allowed it to build two natural gas-fired plants at its Carty Generating Station near Boardman.
 
Those facilities were proposed to replace PGE's coal-fired plant in Boardman when it closes in 2020.
 
Environmentalists had criticized those plans and urged the utility to move away from fossil fuels. PGE says it changed course after listening to regulators, customers and stakeholders. It's now in negotiations to contract with existing resources and facilities.
 
The intent is to see whether the utility can tap existing energy resources.

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