Two Northwest utilities have announced they’re abandoning plans to build a major new transmission line across northern Oregon.
The Bonneville Power Administration and Portland General Electric announced in January that they’d scale back the “Cascade Crossing” to a fraction of its length. Now, PGE president Jim Piro says the transmission project won’t be built at all.
Piro said, “As a result of changes in demand on the BPA transmission grid, as a result of less renewables trying to get to California and just demands for transmission, Bonneville has no longer what we viewed as a constraint on the transmission grid.”
Piro says with Bonneville Power’s help, PGE shouldn’t need to add a transmission line for at least the next five to ten years.
BPA and PGE first proposed the Cascade Crossing project four years ago, as a 215-mile transmission line from Boardman to Salem. Environmentalists opposed the original plan because it could’ve crossed the Mount Hood National Forest.
The announcement comes as PGE rolls out plans for a new wind farm in eastern Washington and a natural gas plant in Boardman.