This page contains a Flash digital edition of a book.
Smart power

Smart grid technologies — from meters that communicate back to PGE to energy storage projects — are laying the foundation for more reliable, affordable and efficient energy in the future. Learn more about the smart grid and take a video tour of the Salem Smart Power Center.

ENERGY STORAGE Demonstrating the possibilities


In early 2014, PGE became the first U.S. electric utility to exceed 100,000 voluntary renewable power customers.

5.6 billion

Our voluntary renewable power customers purchased more than 5.6 billion kilowatt hours of renewable energy between 2002 and 2013. That’s 6 billion pounds of carbon dioxide avoided, or the equivalent of:

As part of the five-year Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project, we constructed the Salem Smart Power Center to test how to store and better integrate variable renewable energy sources like solar and wind into the electrical grid. Working with the Bonneville Power Administration and other partners, the center is testing smart technologies to create a highly reliable “micro-grid” serving residential and commercial customers in Salem.

Sustainable solutions Finding the lowest-price power

When our customers take advantage of the sustainable solutions and energy-efficient options we offer, they reduce their environmental footprint while helping us control our emissions.

The Salem Smart Power Center also demonstrates that it’s possible to purchase low-cost energy and store it for use later when energy costs go up — creating savings we could pass on to our customers.

RENEWABLE POWER Providing renewable energy options PGE offers customers the option to offset all or part of their energy use by purchasing renewable energy credits for clean energy generated right here in the Northwest.

More than 8,000 renewable power customers have elected to pay a nominal charge each month to restore salmon habitat in our service territory. This program, administered in partnership with The Nature Conservancy, has raised more than $3 million and restored more than 200 miles of rivers since 2000.

Topping the charts PGE has had more voluntary renewable energy customers since 2009 and sold more renewable energy through a voluntary program since 2011 than any other utility in the nation, according to the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

It’s not yet economic to implement this kind of energy storage on a large scale, but the demonstration project has opened up exciting possibilities for the future.

• Planting 721,900 trees

• Removing 577,900 cars from the road for one year


Electric transportation supports local, state and federal policies to reduce dependence on foreign oil, stabilize and lower transportation fuel costs, shrink our community’s carbon footprint and reduce emissions. Since 2008, PGE has participated in government projects and partnered with automakers and electric vehicle charging station manufacturers to establish Oregon as an early deployment market and to develop the infrastructure necessary for greater electric vehicle adoption.


4,000 plug-in electric vehicles 1,000 public charging stations

including 100 quick chargers — the largest per-capita concentration in the U.S.

Pioneering transportation electrification PGE has established itself as a leader in transportation electrification through involvement in electric vehicle charging infrastructure projects like Electric Avenue in downtown Portland and a pilot for the West Coast Electric Highway — an initiative to advance electric vehicle adoption in California, Oregon and Washington. In early 2013, we installed five quick-charge stations to complete the Oregon portion of the highway.

Learn more about PGE’s involvement with the charging infrastructure for electric vehicles.


Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42