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PGE, BPA Cancel Plans For Major Transmission Line

Two Northwest utilities have announced they’re abandoning plans to build a major new transmission line across northern Oregon.

File photo from the BPA website.

File photo from the BPA website.


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.