Portland General Electric Company, also known as PGE, operates several natural gas-fired electric generating plants in Oregon, including two near Boardman:
- The Carty Plant is a 440-megawatt plant located on Tower Road about 10 miles south of Boardman. The adjacent
Boardman coal-fired plant closed in October 2020.
- The Coyote Springs Plant is a 249-megawatt plant located at the Port of Morrow in Boardman.
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September 2022: DEQ issues quality permit modification for PGE Carty
After considering and responding to public comments, DEQ issued an air quality permit modification Sept. 7, 2022, for PGE's electricity generating facility near Boardman. The permit is called a Prevention of Significant Deterioration Air Contaminant Discharge Permit.
DEQ issued the permit modification because it meets all state and federal air quality laws and regulations.
The modification adjusts emissions limits for the facility because of new information about natural gas equipment and the closure of the coal plant. It removes emissions allotted for operation of the coal-fired power plant, which closed in October 2020, and incorporates new manufacturer information for the Carty plant's natural gas turbine start-up emissions. The modification does not change how much natural gas the PGE Carty plant uses or change the hours the plant can run.
DEQ hosted a public hearing on Nov. 9, 2021, to provide information, answer questions, and accept public comments on the proposed modification. View slides from the public hearing