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[CU 1834 / January 19, 2018]
Boardman Coal Plant Off Line for Repairs; Customers Ask If It Should Return
A crack in a low-pressure turbine rotor blade has kept the Boardman coal-fired plant off line since December, and some of Portland General Electric’s customer groups are questioning if the plant should return to service at all. The utility says that if all goes well, Boardman will be back in service this spring. But customer groups say that given that the plant is scheduled to stop burning coal in 2020, its future should be based on the cost of the fix and current market conditions for replacement power.
Prospect of Washington Carbon Tax Initiative Drives Some Support of Tax Bill
Testimony during a Washington legislative hearing on a carbon-emissions tax proposed by Gov. Jay Inslee garnered support from utilities and other businesses, as well as environmental groups, although some said it came because of the prospect of “well-funded groups ready to pursue a ballot measure.”
Proposed Oregon Mega Solar Project Intended to Swap Coal for Sun Power
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Obsidian Renewables has proposed a massive solar-photovoltaic facility in central Oregon, which it hopes will help the region replace the loss of over 2,000 MW of coal-fired power over the next few years. The Obsidian Solar Center at Fort Rock would be up to a 600-MW solar facility, with an option for a battery storage component. The proposed project would be the largest solar venture in the state by a long shot, and could usher in an era of mega solar projects in Oregon.
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