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a: Interior of Station L, 1920.  b: Line crew with 3 speed pole truck, 1913.  c: Turbine deck of Station A, 1890.  d: PGE lineman, 1944

  

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The Many Company Names of PGE:
  • Willamette Falls Electric Company - 1889-92  
  • Portland General Electric (PGE) - 1892-1906
  • Portland Railway Light & Power (PRL&P) - 1906-24
  • Portland Electric Power Company (PEPCO) - 1924-30
  • Pacific Northwest Public Service Co. (with PGE resurrected as the name of its electric subsidiary)-1930-32
  • Portland Electric Power Company (PEPCO)(PGE continues as a subsidiary) - 1932-48
  • Portland General Electric (PGE emerges as an independent investor-owned utility after PEPCO is dissolved) - 1948 to present
Listen to some old-time background music while you page thru history.  Paull Whiteman and orchestra.

Paul Whiteman and his orchestra

Music player, Paul Whiteman and his orchestra.
  • 1849 Territory of Oregon established by act of Congress.

  • 1851 City of Portland incorporated.

  • 1857 Lighthouses electrified; the Statue of Liberty is lit.

  • 1859 Oregon admitted to the Union on Feb 14 as the 33rd state.

  • 1876 Alexander Graham Bell reads soliloquies of Hamlet to demonstrate the telephone at Philadelphia Centennial Exposition.

  • 1877 Charles Brush introduces the electric arc light system.

  • 1879 Portlanders introduced to electric lighting when the S.S. California visits Portland and powers an arc lamp strung above city intersection.

  • 1879 Thomas Edison invents the incandescent lamp, opening the door for the practical application of electricity.

  • 1880 Steamship "Columbia" shows off incandescent lighting in Portland.  "The S. S. Columbia sailed from New York in the early part of May, 1880, with a cargo of thirteen locomotives, two hundred cars and other railroad supplies. As there was no Panama canal in those days the good ship had to round Cape Horn. She arrived at Portland, Oregon, on July 26.  Oregon Railway and Navigation Company president Henry Villard attended the New Year's Eve demonstration and became an instant Edison enthusiast. (He later became president of Edison General Electric Company.) Villard boldly decided to purchase an Edison lighting system for a new steamship, the S. S. Columbia, then under construction for his company.  Not everyone believed that installing the new technology on the ship was prudent. Edison himself apparently showed some reluctance, wanting to concentrate on his idea of centrally generated power and not "isolated" power plants. Villard persisted however, and Edison came to view the job as an opportunity for promoting the new system. The Columbia installation became the first commercial order for Edison's light bulb.  The ship was launched in February 1880 and sailed to New York where the electrical equipment was installed. In May the ship took on cargo and sailed for Portland, Oregon, a trip of about 10 weeks around South America. The installation proved both technically and promotionally successful: the equipment functioned properly and the press reported the story. Scientific American published an extensive article about the system. article 1, article 2.

  • 1880 the nation's first electric trolleys go into service in New York City, Chicago, and Richmond, Virginia.

  • 1883 The nation's first night baseball game is played using 17 arc lights.

  • 1884 Portland's first electric company, the United States Electric Lighting & Power Co., is incorporated by Portland businessmen George Weidler, Parker Morey, and Fred Holman; long distance phone service first available in the U.S.

  • 1888 Parker Morey joins Edward Eastham to incorporate Willamette Falls Electric Company; Nicola Tesla introduces alternating current (AC), which can be transmitted much farther than direct current (DC).

  • On the evening of June 3, 1889, the Willamette Falls Electric Co. was responsible for producing the nation's first long-distance transmission of direct-current (DC) electricity from Station A, built by PGE's earliest predecessor ( Willamette Falls Electric Co.) perched atop the falls at Oregon City 14 miles to Portland, OR.  A single generator produced power to light one circuit of streetlights.  turbine deck

  • 1892 Portland General Electric (PGE) is incorporated; General Electric (GE) is formed by the merger of two electrical manufacturing giants, the Thomson-Houston Co. and the Edison General Electric Co.

  • 1894 Nation's first public showing of motion pictures; swollen Willamette River causes Portland's worst flood in history, putting 250 city blocks underwater.

  • 1895 PGE's Station B, now the T.W. Sullivan Plant, is completed on the west side of Willamette Falls, to meet growing load in Portland, including electric railways.

  • 1900 The nation's first escalator is displayed.

  • 1902 Henry Goode becomes PGE President.

  • 1903 Successful flight of the Wright brothers.

  • 1905 The Lewis & Clark Exposition is held in northwest Portland, attracting 3 million visitors.  The event is lit by PGE with power from its newest steam plant, Station E.

  • 1906 Portland got it's first movie theater.  PGE merges with Portland Railway Company and the Oregon Water Power & Railway Company to become Portland Railway Light & Power Co (PRL&P) - the owner and operator of city and interurban electric railway services; PRL&P purchases tow power companies and takes over electric service to Washington customers in Vancouver and Oregon customers in Salem, Mt. Angel, Silverton, and Woodburn.  Cazadero/Faraday Plant

  • 1907 Benage Josselyn becomes PRL&P President; the Company's first hydroelectric plant on the Clackamas River (Cazadero, later renamed Faraday) is completed; Portland City Council passes an ordinance requiring all electric wires within the downtown area to be placed underground; the first modern utility regulating commissions with broad powers are established in New York and Wisconsin; first electric washing machine.

  • 1909 PGE's Electric Building opens on Sixth Avenue and Alder Street in Portland.  The building was the first in Portland to feature permanent exterior lighting - 1,100 low wattage light bulbs.

  • 1910 The Company's Station L steam plant in Portland is completed; Pacific Power & Light, serving 17 communities scattered throughout Oregon and Washington, is incorporated.  We were selling electric toasters, vacuum cleaners, chafing dishes, razors and curling irons from the Electric Store on the ground floor of our new headquarters -- the Electric Building on Sixth and Alder in Portland. 

  • 1911 PGE signs a 15 year contract with North Coast Power Co. to provide electricity to customers in Beaverton and surrounding Washington County; the Company's River Mill Plant is completed on the Clackamas River; Oregon begins regulating electric utilities; air conditioner introduced by Carrier.

  • 1912 PRL&P purchases assets of Mt. Hood Railway & Power Co. and takes over franchises to furnish power to Hillsboro, Gresham, Fairview, and Camas, WA; the Company's Bull Run Plant is completed on the Sandy River; Northwestern Electric Company, which becomes part of Pacific Power & Light in 1947, enters the Portland electricity market - the Company's first serious competition; PRL&P lights the Hawthorne Bridge for Rose Festival Week; the Company builds its Hawthorne Shop and Central Market Street Garage in east Portland; Franklin Griffith becomes PRL&P President. Three speed Pole Truck and crew.

  • 1914-18 World War I; first fully automatic electric ranges and electric toasters are produced.

  • 1919 Prohibition Amendment (18th) passes.

  • 1920 Women win the right to vote (19th Constitutional Amendment); nation's first licensed radio broadcasting station begins operating; Federal Power Act gives federal government purview over navigable streams (and their potential power generation).

  • 1922 KGW Radio was the first commercial radio station.

  • 1924 The Company's name changes to Portland Electric Power Company (PEPCO); the Oak Grove Plant is completed on the Clackamas River; PEPCO starts operating bus lines as it's electric trolley system loses money; the Company provides power to Tigard; the nation's first three-color electric traffic signals appear.

  • 1925-26 PEPCO takes over service to Lake Oswego and St. Helens areas, as well as Beaverton and surrounding east Washington County from Banks in the north to Sherwood in the south.

  • 1927 First solo flight from New York to Paris by Charles Lindbergh, who dedicates Portland's first airport the same year; talking pictures are demonstrated.

  • 1928 Oregon voters defeat a proposal for PEPCO to buy out Northwester, our Portland competitor; electric razor invented by Schick.

  • 1929 New York stock market crashes on Oct 23; first automatic waffle iron developed; PEPCO's majority stockholders, the Clark family of Philadelphia, sell out to a New York holding company (Public Utility Holding Co. of America), which in turn turns over its PEPCO stock to Central Public Service Corp. of Chicago in early 1930, PEPCO becomes the Pacific Northwest Public Service Co., with three operating companies; PGE, Portland Traction Co., and Seattle Gas.

  • 1931 Oregon Legislature passes a law allowing voters to create people's utility districts (PUDs); office of Oregon Public Utility Commissioner created; Oregon Public Utility Commissioner succeeds the Public Service Commission to regulate utilities.

  • 1932-33 Central Public Service Corp. declares bankruptcy; President Franklin Griffith pulls the Company back under local control; Company name reverts to PEPCO; reflecting the Great Depression, the Company's gross earnings plummet $3 million between 1930 and 1933; Franklin Roosevelt is elected U.S. President; FM radio introduced.

  • 1935 U.S. District Court in Portland approves reorganization plan after PEPCO is forced into receivership for defaulting on debenture coupons; IBM introduces the first successful electric typewriter; Congress passes the Rural Electrification Act (REA).

  • 1936 Oregon voters defeat a proposal to create a PUD spanning seven counties - including five in the Company's service area.

  • 1937 Bonneville Dam - the Northwest's first federal hydroelectric project - is completed on the Columbia River; Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) formed.

  • 1938 Molalla Electric Co. and Yamhill Electric Co. merge with PGE; first traffic lights in Portland (Southwest 10th and 11th at Burnside) and in Salem; fluorescent lighting introduced.

  • 1939 PGE signs first contract with BPA for purchasing and distributing power generated at Bonneville Dam; R.C.A. demonstrates color television to the Federal Communications Commission; another PEPCO financial reorganization puts two trustees in charg - one of them, Thomas Delzell, who would later become chief executive officer.

  • 1940 PGE is first utility in the nation to have two-way radios in line vehicles for more efficient dispatching, Franklin Griffith becomes PEPCO's first Chairman; new President is James Polhemus; voters defeat several proposals to create PUDs throughout the Company's service area, with one exception - a PUD in Columbia County gains approval, but doesn't become operational for 40 yrs.

  • 1941 The nation enters World War II; another federal hydroelectric project on the Columbia River, Grand Coulee Dam, is completed.

  • 1941-45 During World War II, PEPCO serves several defense plants in its service area.

  • 1942 Northwest Power Pool organized to coordinate use of the region's power resources.

  • 1945 World War II ends.

  • 1946 PEPCO splits into separate power and railway companies, selling the railway operation to a California firm to pay back money owed an Eastern bank; Tekrad (later Tektronix) is started in Portland, leading development of the area's high-tech industry; PEPCO's distribution system in Vancouver is taken over by a PUD, ending the Company's service in Washington stat; first coast-to-coast TV broadcast; Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) is created.

  • 1947 Power shortage threatens Northwest, with brownouts occurring in Central Oregon in the winter; transistor invented.

  • 1948 PGE begins operating as an independent corporation involved in light and power services only; Thomas Delzell is Chairman; Columbia River floods, affecting Portland and Vancouver.

  • 1950-1953 Korean War.

  • 1950 Congress passes the River and Harbor and Flood Control Act, empowering Corps of Engineers to proceed with Columbia Basin hydro projects, including Priest Rapids, John Day, and The Dalles dams.

  • 1952 Portland's first television broadcast.   Picture courtesy KPTV.  The nation's first ultra-high frequency (UHF) station - KPTV Channel 27 - is powered by PGE.

  • 1952-53 Northwest drought causes power shortage, forcing utilities to fire up expensive steam plants.

  • 1953 PGE signs a 20 year contract to receive power from BPA.

  • 1954 PGE joins with PP&L and two other utilities to form the Pacific Northwest Power Company to pursue joint projects; PGE representatives are paart of a study team observing nuclear-fueled power generation at an Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) installation at Hanford; Timothy Meadows reservoir is developed above the Oak Grove Hydro Plant, adding capacity to PGE's three Clackamas River plants.

  • 1955 Frank Warren becomes PGE President.

  • 1956 PGE acquires Sandy Electric Co-op, extending its service territory to Government Camp on Mount Hood; natural gas introduced in PGE's service area; PGE's Portland Service Center is built; all-electric homes marketed nationwide (later called Bronze or Gold Medallion homes).

  • 1957 PGE representatives observe as the commercial nuclear industry is born in Shippingport, PA., when Duquesne Light Co.'s nuclear plant begins operation; the Soviet Union sends Sputnik into space.

  • 1958 PGE's Pelton Plant is completed on the Deschutes River, after a decade-long political struggle that goes to the U.S. Supreme Court; the Company's North Fork Plant is completed on the Clackamas River.  North Fork Plant  I got married.

  • 1959 Oregon's centennial; PGE builds a display entitled "Electri-city" for the 100-day Oregon Centennial Exposition; first photocopier introduced by Xerox.

  • 1961 The nation's first manned space flight made by Alan Shepard.  Excerpt from the 1961 BULLSEYE.

  • 1962 Columbus Day windstorm tears down PGE's electrical system to the tune of $3.95 million in damages; 98 percent of customers are without power; John Glenn orbits the earth; PGE receives the national Edison Award for its leadership in developing parks and conserving natural resources around its dams.

  • 1963 President John F.Kennedy assassinated; Martin Luther King shares his "dream".

  • 1964 PGE's Round Butte Plant is completed on the Deschutes River; Frank Warren assumes PGE Chairman responsibilities; Congress passes the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution; the nation enters the Vietnam War; Christmas Flood of 1964 affects Oregon rivers and wreaks havoc with PGE's system.

  • 1965 Peach Bottom nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania-funded by PGE and 51 other utilities goes on-line; power blackouts experienced on the East Coast.

  • 1966 PGE begins building its 194 mile section of the Pacific Northwest-Southwest Intertie. 

  • 1968 Construction begins on PGE's Trojan Nuclear Plant; PGE stock listed on the New York Stock exchange (PGN); John Day Dam completed; the Pacific Intertie is completed; Martin Luther King and Robert F. Kennedy assassinated.

  • 1969 Neil Armstrong is the first man on the moon, courtesy of U.S.Apollo II.

  • 1970 PGE's Summit Diesel Plant is completed near Government Camp on Mount Hood; Trojan partnership created:PGE, PP&L, and EWEB (Eugene Water & Electric Board); Earth Day highlights the nation's concern about environmental issues.

  • 1971 The nation's voting age is lowered to 18.

  • 1972 PGE and PP&L sign a service exchange agreement, ending duplication of services throughout Portland.

  • 1973 PGE's Bethel Combustion Plant begins operation near Salem; Watergate scandal; nationwide energy crisis; double-digit inflation.

  • 1974 PGE's Beaver Combustion Plant begins operation near Clatskanie.  Governor McCall test-drives an electric van.

  • 1975 The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) replaces the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC).

  • 1976 PGE's Trojan Nuclear Plant begins commercial operation; employees begin moving into PGE's new headquarters, Willamette Center in Portland; the nation celebrates its bicentennial.

  • 1977 Frank Warren officially takes title of PGE Chairman and CEO; Robert Short becomes PGE President; Three Mile Island (TMI) accident on March 28, near Harrisburg, PA, heightens public scrutiny of nuclear power.

  • Between 1976 and 1993, PGE operated Trojan, the only nuclear power plant in Oregon.  The Trojan Nuclear Plant was the largest thermal plant in the United States and the third largest in the world when it began operating.

  • 1980 Robert Short becomes PGE Chairman and CEO; PGE's Boardman Coal Plant begins operation near Boardman,, OR; Congress passes the Regional Power Act; Mount St. Helens erupts. Boardman Plant

  • 1981 Northwest Power Planning Council, a state-appointed body, is formed to formulate policy on future electrical energy demand and resources in the region, and to promote regional cooperation; U.S. hostages in Iran return home; first flight of the nation's space shuttle.

  • 1982 PGE cancels plans for its Pebble Springs nuclear project; AT&T is forced to split up.

  • 1983 PGE writes off its investment in the Skagit nuclear project.

  • 1984 Oregon voters approve creation of a Citizens' Utility Board (CUB).

  • 1985 A new PGE subsidiary, Columbia Willamette Development Co., is created to pursue real estate projects.

  • 1986 Portland General Corporation is created, with PGE as a subsidiary; Oregon voters defeat Ballot Measure 14, and attempt to shut down PGE's Trojan Nuclear Plant, but approve expanding the Public Utility Commission to include three commissioners; PGE donates Station L to the Oregon Museum of Science & Industry (OMSI) for a new museum complex; the Company writes off its 10 percent investment in a Washington Public Power Supply System nuclear plant; PGE stock hits an all-time high of $36.75; the Soviet Union reports an accident at their Chernobyl Nuclear Plant; the U.S. space shuttle "Challenger" explodes; MAX, the Metropolitan Area Express light rail commuter train, begins service between Portland and Gresham.

  • 1987 Portland voters defeat proposals to create two people's utility districts (PUDs); PGE is restructured to create two new divisions-the Energy Services Division and Generating Division; Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood celebrates its 50th anniversary.

  • 1988 Ken Harrison succeeds Robert Short as Chairman and CEO of Portland General Corp.; a wholesale power marketing subsidiary, Portland General Exchange (PGX), is created; the Company's headquarters is renamed World Trade Center Portland and a new subsidiary is formed to promote international trade in the Northwest; most of PGE's customer representatives relocate to the Company's new Customer Center in Tualatin.

  • 1989 Richard Reiten becomes PGC President; PGE starts the year serving more than 550,000 customers; the Company relights the Hawthorne Bridge as part of its centennial celebration.

  • 1992 PGE joins three other utilities to work on the Northwest’s first large-scale wind generating project.

  • 1993 PGE closes Trojan for economic reasons.

  • 1994 The company’s one-person repair crews, known as Eagles, debut. Ground is broken on the Coyote Springs Project.

  • 1995 Coyote Springs begins commercial generation. Decommissioning of Trojan begins.

  • 1996 Enron announces plan to purchase PGE. Work begins on an update at the Faraday Plant.

  • July 1, 1997, Enron Corporation bought PGE for $2 billion in stock and $1.1 billion in assumed debt.

  • 1999 A plan to decommission Marmot Dam and Little Sandy Dam is announced. The Trojan reactor vessel travels up Columbia River to its burial site near Richland, Wash. Columbia County voters approve annexation of PGE’s service territory by the Columbia River and Clatskanie public utility districts. Enron announces plans to sell PGE to Sierra Pacific Resources.

  • 2000 Peggy Fowler becomes Portland General Electric's chief executive in April; PGE invests time and money to avoid any problems with Y2K predictions successfully. PGE begins offering customers renewable power options. PGE and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs announce an agreement to share ownership of the Pelton Round Butte hydro project. A $15 million upgrade to Boardman is completed. Civic Stadium is renamed PGE Park.

  • 2001 PGE and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs sign an official agreement giving the tribes one-third ownership of the Pelton Round Butte hydro project. Enron files for bankruptcy. The sale of PGE to Sierra Pacific Resources fails. NW Natural announces plans to purchase PGE.

  • 2002 PGE, BPA and eight other Western utilities file a proposal with FERC to form Regional Transmission Organization West. An agreement is signed to remove Marmot and Little Sandy dams. Enron and NW Natural announce a mutual agreement to call off the proposed sale of PGE to NW Natural.

  • 2003 First container of spent nuclear rods at Trojan is moved into dry storage. PGE ranks in the nation’s top five utilities for renewable power sales to customers. Enron agrees to sell PGE to Texas Pacific Group/Oregon Electric Utility. Multnomah County voters defeat PUD measure.

  • 2004 Voters in Yamhill, Clackamas and Washington counties defeat proposed PUDs. Relicensing agreements for Sullivan Plant and Pelton Round Butte reached. PGE ranks second in the nation for renewable power purchased by customers. Ground is broken for Port Westward, a 400-megawatt natural gas-fired, combined-cycle combustion turbine plant.

  • 2005 PUC denies the TPG/Oregon Electric sale. The City of Portland negotiates with Enron to purchase PGE, but talks fail. Enron announces plans to issue new PGE stock and returns the company to independence. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission in May terminates Trojan’s Part 50 operating license, making Trojan the largest commercial nuclear plant to finish decommissioning in the United States. Klondike II 50-turbine wind farm begins generating electricity. FERC grants PGE a new 50-year license for the Pelton Round Butte hydroelectric project and a new 30-year license for the Sullivan Hydro Project.

  • 2006 PGE stock is issued and PGE returns to its status as an independent, publicly traded company headquartered in Oregon. PGE successfully implodes the Trojan Cooling Tower, another key step in the decommissioning of Trojan. Construction is completed on the new fish ladder at River Mill. PGE residential customers are ranked No. 1 in the nation for the amount of renewable energy consumed.

  • 2006 April 3, the company declared its independence from Enron, becoming a private company. PGE has since distributed its shares on the New York Stock Exchange April 10 and become a locally-based utility. see medallion

  • 2006 May 21, Trojan cooling tower implosion;

    Watch 2:25 minutes video
  • 2006 Oct 6 - The new 20 mile, 230kv transmission line between Port Westward and Trojan switchyard is energized.  Powered by a new breed of combustion turbine, the 400-megawatt Port Westward Generating Plant was designed and built to be one of the most efficient generators of its type in the United States today. 

    Watch a video 51 seconds Port Westward Generating Plant being built
  • 2006 Nov 27, PGE announces it will purchase 76 wind turbines from Vestas Wind Systems, of Denmark, for phase one construction of the Biglow Canyon Wind farm;
  • 2006 Dec 7, PGE is named one of Oregon's Most Admired Companies in a survey conducted by the Portland Business Journal;
  • 2006 Dec 14, a strong windstorm knocks out power to nearly 250, 000 customers around PGE's service territory.  This ranks as PGE's largest storm restoration effort since 1995.
  • 2007 Port Westward Plant becomes PGE’s first new generating plant in more than a decade to go online. Phase 1 of the Biglow Canyon Wind Farm (the first wind farm both owned and operated by PGE) begins generating electricity for customers. Work is completed on Willamette Falls Sullivan Flow Control Structure. Marmot Dam is successfully removed as part of the Bull Run decommissioning project. PGE breaks ground on its 273 foot tall Selective Water Withdrawal tower at Pelton Round Butte. Pelton Round Butte becomes the first PGE plant to be designated as a low-impact green resource. PGE celebrates 100 years of continuous support for the Portland Rose Festival.

  • 2007 Oct 11 - Sandy River's Marmot Dam is now just a memory returning the Sandy to a free-flowing river for the first time in almost 100 years.  Salmon and steelhead will now be able to navigate upsteam without delay.

  • 2007 Oct 13 - Marks the official date the Northwest's power grid received power from the new wind project, Biglow Canyon Wind Farm.

  • 2007 Dec 21 - Biglow Canyon Wind Farm becomes fully operational with an installed capacity of 125 MW.

  • 2008 Construction on Phase 1 of Biglow Canyon Wind Farm is completed, and construction begins on Biglow Canyon Phase 2. PGE begins deployment of 850,000 new smart meters to PGE customers as part of its Advanced Metering Infrastructure project. J. D. Powers and Associates ranks PGE No. 1 in the nation for power quality and reliability, as well as No. 1 in the western region for overall business customer satisfaction. Beginning in mid-December, Arctic Blast brings about 19 inches of snow to the region, resulting in more than 400,000 customer outages reported though the number rarely goes higher than 70,000 at any given time.

  • 2008 April 22  For the third year in a row, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory announces PGE has sold more renewable power to residential customers than any other utility in the United States.

  • 2009 PGE marks Oregon’s sesquicentennial with a volunteer celebration called 150 Days of Service. The first turbines erected for Phase II of Biglow Canyon Wind Farm begin generating electricity. Customers break the summer record for electricity consumption three days in a row as temperatures soar with consumption hitting 3,950 MW on July 29. The first 24 meter reading routes are switched over from manual to network reads as part of the smart meter project. The Selective Water Withdrawal tower at Round Butte Dam becomes operational. The Tualatin Call Center exceeds the record number of calls to the Interactive Voice Response system in one year, surpassing 2.64 million total calls (previously hit in 2006). PGE Sustainability Policy debuts companywide. Peggy Fowler announces plans to step down as CEO in March 2009, and CFO Jim Piro is named PGE’s new CEO.

  • 2009 January Jim Piro takes the helm officially as PGE's new President and CEO.  Piro has been with PGE for 27 years. Before he was CFO, he worked in engineering, regulation and planning. He said there would be few changes in direction with his ascension.

  • 2009 February  Peggy announces her retirement.  Peggy Fowler, chief executive of Portland General Electric and the most prominent female executive with an Oregon company.  Chief Financial Officer Jim Piro will succeed her as CEO, and Fowler will remain on PGE's board.  On Jan. 1, Piro will take the title of CEO and for two months PGE will have two chief executives.

  • Fowler steps down March 1.  Fowler, 57, began her career at PGE in 1974, working first as a chemist for the utility's analytical lab. She became CEO in 2000, and led PGE as it severed its ties to Enron Corp. and emerged as an independent, public company.  She said her resignation was her own choice after 35 years with the company and eight as chief executive. She said she has been eligible to retire for two years and was looking forward to spending more time with her family and on community projects.

  • April 2009  System wide deployment of PGE's smart metering system officially begins. PGE hits a net metering milestone as the 372nd net metering cutomer is approved for a 29.25KW photovoltaic system, which means PGE surpasses 5 megawatts.

  • 2010 PGE’s 10-year naming contract ends with PGE Park. The 2020 Vision Program is introduced, outlining a consolidation and modernization plan for PGE’s technology infrastructure. PGE announces expansion of solar energy resources with a new 2.4-MW rooftop project, the largest rooftop solar project in the Pacific Northwest. Edison Electric Institute recognizes PGE Selective Water Withdrawal project with the electric utility industry’s highest honor, the Edison Award. The final phase of Biglow Canyon Wind Farm is completed, with all 217 turbines available to generate power. The Oregon Environmental Quality Commission approves a plan calling for PGE to cease coal-fired operations at Boardman no later than Dec. 31, 2020.

  • 2011 PGE’s Diversity Summit 2011 draws more than 800 people. PeopleSoft Financials System launches. The first marked adult Chinook salmon arrives at the Pelton Round Butte dam complex, signifying the reconnection of salmon in the Deschutes River from upstream to downstream for the first time in 40 years. PGE acquires the Avery Building in Tualatin as a new Distribution work location and the team from Metal Works is first to move to in. PGE's Hawthorne Building turn 100 in 2011; PGE was called Portland Railway Light & Power.

  • 2012 Baldock Solar Station, one of the nation’s largest solar highway projects, goes online at the I-5 northbound Baldock Safety Rest Area near Wilsonville. Our first out-of-state wind farm, Tucannon River Wind Farm, is under construction. The first quick-charging station in the nation to use battery-assisted technology is unveiled on Portland’s Electric Avenue, a joint initiative of Portland State University, PGE and the City of Portland. PGE makes construction history by building two 115/35-kV transformers and a 230/115-kV transformer in less than a year, powering Intel’s D1X factory that is expected to add up to 1,000 Oregon jobs. Maximo, Mobile & Scheduling goes live for 750 Wave 1 users in Generation, Transmission & Distribution and Substation Operations, resulting in an integrated approach for managing PGE work, equipment and assets. PGE is the presenting sponsor of The Mightiest Wind — Oregon History Museum exhibit commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Columbus Day Storm and PGE’s historic restoration effort.

  • 2013 PGE is ranked highest in the Western United States in overall business customer satisfaction, according to results from the J.D. Power and Associates 2013 Electric Utility Business Customer Satisfaction Study. A grand opening celebration is held for the Salem Smart Power Center, which houses a large-scale energy storage system designed to help us test how to store and better integrate variable renewable energy sources into the electrical grid. Ground is broken on Port Westward Unit 2, a new 220-MW natural gas plant designed to help meet real-time fluctuations in customer demand. Next Wave, the multiyear Transmission & Distribution project, kicks off with plans calling for deploying new system applications improving work coordination, reducing manual work processes, and streamlining the overall flow of work in Transmission & Distribution.

  • 2014 PGE marks the 125th anniversary of the first long-distance transmission of direct-current electricity. PGE tops 100,000 renewable power customers more than any other utility in the nation! Work on Rose City Core Building a new home for our Underground crews wraps up. Underground crews are the first employees to move into the newly renovated Rose City Core Building. Port Westward Unit 2’s first test power generation is a success. Construction begins on Carty Generating Station. Construction on the first turbine at Tucannon River Wind Farm is completed. The Meter Exchange project a three-month project involving the replacement of 70,000 meters due to a safety concern is successfully completed. Tucannon River Wind Farm begins generating power in December. Crews complete a scheduled insulator change-out on the 500-kV line. Our first virtual Incident Management Team manages 30,000 storm-caused outages. Next Wave begins rolling out new and upgraded technology systems to more than 1,100 employees across PGE. The Automated Callout System goes live. Advisory Committee for Diversity & Inclusion adds new reps from supervisors, veterans, management and women in technology.

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Historical information extracted from PGE's Centennial publication "Bringing Power To Ideas", 1889 - 1989

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