Pacific Northwest Public Service
Co. (with PGE resurrected as the name of its electric
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
Paul Whiteman and his orchestra
1849 Territory of Oregon established by act of
1851 City of Portland incorporated.
1857 Lighthouses electrified; the Statue of Liberty is
1859 Oregon admitted to the Union on Feb 14 as the
1876 Alexander Graham Bell reads soliloquies of Hamlet
to demonstrate the telephone at Philadelphia Centennial Exposition.
1877 Charles Brush introduces the electric arc light
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,
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
On the evening of June 3, 1889, the
Electric Co. was responsible for producing the nation's first
long-distance transmission of direct-current (DC) electricity from
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
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
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.
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
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 speedPole Truckand 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
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
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
1936 Oregon voters defeat a proposal to create a PUD
spanning seven counties - including five in the Company's service
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
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
1941 The nation enters World War II; another federal
hydroelectric project on the Columbia River, Grand Coulee Dam,
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
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
1952 Portland's first
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
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
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
North Fork PlantI 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
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
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
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.
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
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.
2006 Oct 6 - The new 20 mile, 230kv
transmission line between Port Westward and Trojan switchyard is
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
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.
MORE TO COME...
extracted from PGE's Centennial publication "Bringing Power To Ideas",
1889 - 1989