Utilities partner to build


PacifiCorp and Portland General Electric Co. are in talks to jointly construct a new 210-mile power line.

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PacifiCorp and Portland General Electric Co. announced that they are in talks to jointly construct a new 210-mile, 500-kilovolt power line.

The project, dubbed the Cascade Crossing, is projected to cost $825 million and is set to break ground in 2013.

Both utilities have emphasized the need for more transmission capacity to get around bottlenecks in the current system and accommodate growing amounts of wind power being generated along the gorge and in Wyoming.

New transmission lines are typically controversial projects, meeting opposition from environmentalists and private landowners. About 27 miles of Cascade Crossing would be on U.S. Forest Service land, with an additional 30 miles over the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs reservation and most of the rest on private land.

Read more at OregonLive.com.

Read Oregon Business Magazine’s previous coverage of the Cascade Crossing.

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