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Milwaukie Electric Avenue
Milwaukie Electric Avenue
Charge up at PGE's new Electric Avenue in Milwaukie (Photo) - 04/03/19

Join PGE President and CEO Maria Pope and Milwaukie Mayor Mark Gamba for the grand opening of the newest Electric Avenue charging station

WHAT: Portland General Electric and the City of Milwaukie will host the grand opening of the area’s newest electric vehicle charging station this Saturday, April 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

PGE and the city partnered to build Milwaukie Electric Avenue to help the community meet its climate action goals and accelerate Oregon’s transition to clean energy. Transportation is the largest source of carbon emissions in the state, making an electrified transportation system critical to a carbon-free future.

The opening of this new Electric Avenue is an important milestone because it officially launches the expansion of PGE’s public charging network. Five additional locations are planned for construction later this year. All charging stations in the Electric Avenue network will be powered by 100 percent renewable energy, bringing more sustainable transportation options to the region.

The grand opening will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony and the opportunity to learn about and test drive electric vehicles. The event is open to the public, free and family-friendly with kids’ activities and food from local vendors available for purchase.

WHEN: Saturday, April 6, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony begins at 10 a.m. with opening remarks from PGE President and CEO Maria Pope and Milwaukie Mayor Mark Gamba. The ride-and-drive portion of the event starts at 11 a.m.

WHERE: 10834 SE McLoughlin Blvd., Milwaukie, OR 97222, at the intersection of Southeast McLoughlin Boulevard (Highway 99E) and Southeast Jackson Street.

Strategically located in the heart of downtown Milwaukie, this Electric Avenue gives the community highly visible access to convenient electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

WHO: The event is hosted by PGE and the City of Milwaukie with support from organizations including BTCPower, Chargeway, Forth, Greenlots, Green Mountain Energy, the Oregon Electric Vehicle Association and Platt Auto Group.

WHY: To celebrate our collaborative effort to reduce the effects of climate change by supporting electric vehicle adoption and expanding access to reliable electric vehicle charging stations.

For more information about the event, please visit bit.ly/MilwaukieEA. To learn more about Electric Avenue and our sustainability efforts, visit milwaukieclimateaction.com or portlandgeneral.com/plugin.

ABOUT PORTLAND GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY: Portland General Electric (NYSE: POR) is a fully integrated energy company based in Portland, Oregon, serving approximately 885,000 customers in 51 cities. For more than 125 years, PGE has been delivering safe, affordable and reliable energy to Oregonians. Together with its customers, PGE has the No. 1 voluntary renewable energy program in the U.S. With approximately 3,000 employees across the state, PGE is committed to helping its customers and the communities it serves build a clean energy future. For more information, visit portlandgeneral.com/cleanvision.

ABOUT CITY OF MILWAUKIE: Nestled along the banks of the Willamette River and steeped in history, Milwaukie enjoys the comforts of a small town as well as the benefits of its close location to Portland. Woven through the fabric of the community is the value placed on ingenuity. Milwaukie prizes creativity to get things done by finding innovative solutions and residents embrace originality to find new ideas that better the community. These values can also be found in the city’s robust and thriving business community. Milwaukie is home to several of Oregon’s largest and most iconic employers. To learn more about Milwaukie, visit milwaukieoregon.gov.

Attached Media Files: Milwaukie Electric Avenue
Map of planned outage in downtown Portland
Map of planned outage in downtown Portland
Temporary early-morning power interruption slated for downtown Portland on Sunday, March 24 (Photo) - 03/22/19

Second of two planned outages needed to bring new underground cables online as part of an essential project to modernize the energy grid

PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland General Electric has scheduled a brief system-improvement power outage to downtown buildings, streetlights and traffic lights for Sunday, March 24, starting at 4 a.m. This is the second planned outage in downtown this month, and marks the final step needed to complete PGE’s multi-year Marquam substation project. The newly energized lines will add reliability and redundancy to the downtown grid, and create a platform to help support Oregon’s clean energy future.

On Sunday, March 10, PGE completed the first planned system-improvement outage, which lasted 56 minutes. For the March 24 outage, PGE again plans to restore power in less than one hour, as crews complete the careful sequence of steps needed to do the work safely.

VIDEO: Watch as the downtown skyline darkens and then lights back up in this time-lapse video taken during the outage on Sunday, March 10.

Since November, PGE has been planning these outages to minimize disruption for downtown customers and the public. In recent weeks, crews practiced and rehearsed the physical steps needed to de-energize the grid before energizing the new underground cables, which run along Southwest Naito Parkway and Southwest First Avenue to serve hundreds of downtown businesses and buildings.

The work was split between two dates to avoid overloading the system, ensure crew and public safety, and avoid unplanned disruptions to residents and businesses outside of the work area.

PGE has coordinated closely with the City of Portland, Portland Police Bureau, Portland Fire & Rescue and other first responders on traffic plans, alarms and other public safety issues. Additional PGE security, contract security and Portland Police will be monitoring the downtown area prior to and during the outage.

VIDEO: See footage of the new Marquam substation and PGE crews rehearsing for the March 24 outage.

About the Marquam Substation Project

Construction for the project began in 2017 and included building a new substation and upgrading underground equipment — some of it up to 60 years old — with the latest smart grid technologies. These infrastructure improvements will provide a more reliable and resilient grid to serve the downtown area and help reduce unintended power outages. It is one of many efforts currently in planning or construction to improve electric service reliability and resiliency for PGE’s 885,000 customers.

Affected dates and locations

Buildings will be out of power briefly on one of these dates, depending on their location as shown on the map.

  • Phase 1: Sunday, March 10 (outage lasted 56 minutes).
  • Phase 2: Sunday, March 24, starting at 4 a.m.
  • Backup date if needed: Saturday, April 13, starting at 4 a.m. This date is set as a precaution in case of severe weather or other unforeseen circumstances.

For more information about this project, visit www.portlandgeneral.com/marquamoutage.

About Portland General Electric Company: Portland General Electric (NYSE: POR) is a fully integrated energy company based in Portland, Oregon, serving approximately 885,000 customers in 51 cities. For more than 125 years, PGE has been delivering safe, affordable and reliable energy to Oregonians. Together with its customers, PGE has the No. 1 voluntary renewable energy program in the U.S. With approximately 2,900 employees across the state, PGE is committed to helping its customers and the communities it serves build a clean energy future. For more information, visit portlandgeneral.com/cleanvision.

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