Portland General Electric in their latest Integrated Resource Plan included a proposal to expand gas-fired infrastructure at the Carty Generating Station, locking ratepayers into more dirty fossil fuels instead of safe, renewable energy. Over 50% of Oregon's so-called "natural" gas is fracked from shale plays in Alberta, Canada, and methane gas leakage from that process traps heat 86 times more effectively than carbon dioxide during the first 20 years of its lifespan. The process of fracking is extremely harmful to human and environmental health, leading health professionals to conclude that gas is not an acceptable energy source, especially as wind and solar energy prices continue to fall.
Though Portland General Electric has suspended their permit applications for expansion of fracked gas power plants at the Carty Generating Station, "pause" is not the same as "delete." It is imperative that Portland General Electric take new fracked gas off of the table entirely, particularly in light of Portland and Multnomah County's bold commitment to sector-wide renewable energy by the year 2050.
Tell the Oregon Public Utilities Commission: Resist the Expansion of Gas-Fired Power in Oregon (petition signature needed by 5/12/17)
Too Dirty, Too Dangerous: Why Health Professionals Reject Natural Gas (February 2017 report from National PSR)
Resisting Fracked Gas, Promoting Clean Energy(3/30/17 article by Damon Motz-Storey, Oregon PSR Program Assistant)
The Public Health Threat of Methane Gas (2/23/17 presentation developed by Damon Motz-Storey, Oregon PSR Program Assistant)