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March 15, 2017--- Today Portland General Electric (PGE) announced that the "Electric Avenue" charging stations at the World Trade Center have powered over one million miles of electric vehicle driving since 2015. That is equivalent to driving across Oregon 2,500 times. January 2017 was the highest use month ever recorded at 17,280 kilowatt hours, or 4,547 miles of driving. The World Trade Center uses 100 percent Renewable Energy for all of its operations.
Electric transportation is significantly more environmentally friendly than gasoline-powered cars. The one million miles powered by Electric Avenue means that Oregon drivers avoided burning approximately 46,950 gallons of gasoline, and eliminated approximately 418 metric tons of CO2 emissions.
"We're thrilled that Electric Avenue has reached this milestone," said Carol Dillin, Vice President Customer Strategies and Business Development at PGE. "Electric Avenue was the first in the nation to offer drivers so many quick-chargers in one spot. Drivers know there will be a charger available for them, that works for their car, when they need it. It's clear that making it easy and convenient to charge up can really boost electric transportation, and that's good for everyone. Driving electric is good for the earth, good for our customers, and it can help make our grid stronger too."
PGE's Electric Avenue has been a centerpiece of Portland's electric transportation infrastructure since it was first installed on the Portland State University Campus in 2011. In 2015 Electric Avenue was expanded to include four dual-standard quick-chargers that can accommodate almost any type of electric vehicle, and moved to Salmon Street in front of PGE's headquarters at the World Trade Center. Usage has nearly doubled since it was installed in its new location.
This increased usage closely tracks the growth of electric vehicles in Oregon. In 2011 when Electric Avenue was launched there were 1,856 electric vehicles registered in Oregon. By June 2016 there were 10,836 electric, plug-in hybrid, and fuel cell vehicles on the road in Oregon.
By the numbers:
* 1 million miles of driving powered by Electric Avenue- enough to drive across Oregon 2,500 times
* 46,950 gallons of gasoline that weren't used because of Electric Avenue
* 418 metric tons of CO2 emissions eliminated because of Electric Avenue drivers
* 68% growth in Electric Avenue usage from January 2016 to January 2017
* 583% growth in EV registration in Oregon from 2011 to 2016
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The baby fish are part of an ongoing program to reintroduce wild salmon and steelhead to the Upper Deschutes Basin
WHO: Students from a Madras High School natural resources class will join biologists from Portland General Electric and the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife.
WHAT: They'll release thousands of juvenile Chinook salmon into the Metolius River. There will be photo, video and interview opportunities for reporters with students and biologists working together on a project to help the fish, the river and Central Oregon's natural environment.
WHY: By releasing these salmon as fry in the Metolius, biologists are working to seed the river with fish that will rear naturally and then migrate to the ocean. The hardiest -- and luckiest -- fish will then return as adults a couple of years later to spawn in the river. This release is part of a long term recovery effort aimed at restoring sustainable salmon and steelhead runs in Upper and Middle Deschutes Basin rivers and tributaries that were previously cut off by dams built in the 1950s and 1960s. New fish passage systems installed downstream by PGE and the Tribes in 2010 made the reintroduction effort possible.
WHERE: The group will meet at the Camp Sherman Store, 25451 FS Road 1419, Camp Sherman, OR 97730 and travel from there to locations on the Metolius River to release the fish.
WHEN: Participating students, biologists and news media representatives will meet at the store at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 14.