Again thank you for being one of the City’s most valued organizations. I support elements of the
draft Integrated Resource Plan that seek to advance a cleaner, more sustainable energy future for
the Portland region.
I welcome further discussion on these points. PGE’s resource decisions have never been more
important, and I look forward to participating in the formal IRP proceeding at the Public Utility
Portland Mayor Sam Adams weighed in today on Portland General Electric (PGE)”s Integrated Resource Plan. He told PGE that Portlanders want and expect PGE to move us away from using dirty coal and to phase out the Boardman Coal Plant!
Here’s a snippet of what the Mayor said:
“My primary concern, however, is that the draft IRP relies on coal-based energy production and not enough on energy efficiency and clean technology. It is striking to me that the draft IRP shows the share of PGE’s electricity from coal actually increasing over time, from 24 percent in 2010 to 25 percent in 2015.
I believe such a coal-dependent IRP is a poor long-term resource strategy as carbon regulation and firm targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions are implemented. PGE’s own assumptions about the future of Boardman are based on a regulatory environment that is certain to change and make coal still less affordable. I strongly urge you to evaluate phasing out Boardman and the procurement of coal-produced electricity by 2020 at the latest. ”
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