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New record set -- again -- for electricity use in summer. PGE customers use 3,976 MW on Aug. 3, beating the previous day's record. - 08/04/17

PORTLAND, Ore. -- PGE customers have set a new summer record for energy demand. The new mark is 3,976 megawatts (MW) net system load, set on Aug. 3 at 6 p.m. At the time it was 105 degrees at Portland International Airport.

The all-time winter peak of 4,073 MW net system load was set on Dec. 21, 1998. The low temperature at PDX that day was 16 degrees F.

This summer's pair of new records still falls short of that historic wintertime mark, but they're getting closer -- within 3 percent. Traditionally, PGE customers have used more electricity during the winter than in the summer, although that appears to be shifting.

More PGE customers now have air conditioning than in the past. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 70 percent of homes in our area have air conditioning. Today there are more cooling-technology choices, including heat pumps, whole-house air conditioning units, newer portable air conditioners and window units. Fans of all sizes come into play as well, adding load to the system.

PGE thanks our customers who participate in optional programs that either generate power on-site or reduce power use. They helped our community through the past two days of extreme heat and high demand for electricity. As an example, more than 17 MW of power is now available to PGE through optional demand-reduction programs, where customers receive financial incentives for lowering their use. Information and an educational video on PGE demand response programs are available at PortlandGeneral.com/EnergyPartner.

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About Portland General Electric Company: Portland General Electric, headquartered in Portland, Ore., is a fully integrated electric utility that serves approximately 872,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Oregon. Visit our website at PortlandGeneral.com.

PGE prepares for extreme heat and high electric use; urges customers to be prepared, too - 08/01/17

Portland, Ore. -- With forecasts calling for a record-breaking heat wave, Portland General Electric (PGE) is preparing for very high demand for electricity during the next few days as customers try to stay cool. All available generation is ready to serve, including PGE's Dispatchable Standby Generation, which PGE can utilize on very high-demand days.

PGE continuously updates its systems to ensure that the grid operates safely and reliably. However, extreme heat during an extended period places extra stress on electrical equipment (including transformers and power lines) and can lead to power outages.

PGE is ensuring its operating systems are ready to perform as needed during periods of peak demand. Systems in place include high-tech infrared monitoring of our distribution operations, which can alert PGE to potential problems before they occur. Extra cooling systems have been activated on essential distribution equipment, and PGE is prepared to stand up a command center as needed, similar to its response to outages during winter storms.

PGE urges customers to be prepared, too. In addition to tips to keep cool (https://www.portlandgeneral.com/promotions/extreme-heat-coming), PGE is sharing the following food safety tips from FoodSafety.gov:
* Freeze water in one-quart plastic storage bags. They are small enough to fit in around the food in the refrigerator and freezer to help keep food cold and won't make a mess when the ice melts. Don't fill them too full, or they might split as water expands when it freezes.
* Make sure you have appliance thermometers in both the refrigerator and the freezer. That's the best way to be sure your food is safe in case of a power outage. Safe temperatures are 40°F or lower in the refrigerator, 0°F or lower in the freezer.
* Know where you can get dry ice or block ice.
* Be sure to have a few days' worth of ready-to-eat foods that do not require cooking or cooling.

We also encourage customers to check on neighbors or relatives who may have trouble coping with the heat and consider helping them develop a backup plan to stay cool.

No matter the weather, PGE suggests all customers have outage kits prepared. Your outage kit should include:
* Flashlights and battery-powered or hand-crank radio
* Extra batteries
* Car chargers for mobile devices, laptops or tablet computers
* Battery-powered clock
* Emergency phone numbers including PGE outage numbers:
o 503-464-7777 (Portland)
o 503-399-7717 (Salem)
o 800-544-1795 elsewhere


Other handy items include:
* Bottled water (if you rely on electricity to pump water)
* Manual can opener
* Disposable plates and utensils
* Battery-powered camp lantern
* Comfort items like playing cards or favorite books

Customers can get more tips and updates on Twitter @PortlandGeneral and Facebook @PortlandGeneralElectric or at https://www.portlandgeneral.com/promotions/extreme-heat-coming .

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About Portland General Electric Company: Portland General Electric (NYSE: POR) is a fully-integrated energy company based in Portland, Oregon, serving approximately 872,000 customers in 51 cities. For more than 125 years, PGE has been delivering safe, reliable energy to Oregonians. With 2,700 employees across the state, PGE is committed to building a cleaner, more efficient energy future. Together with its customers, PGE has the number one voluntary renewable energy program in the U.S. For more information visit PortlandGeneral.com.

With summer temperatures expected to soar this week, PGE offers simple tips to stay cool and save energy - 07/31/17

Portland, Ore. -- With temperatures expected to reach over 100 degrees this week, PGE offered the following suggestions today to help customers stay cool while still keeping a handle on their electric bill. Small changes can make a big difference as it takes a lot more energy to keep your home cool in really hot weather.

* Bring the cool air in. Open windows in the morning or late evening when it's cool outside. When it's approaching 75 to 80 degrees, shut windows and draw the shades or blinds to keep in pre-cooled air from the night and early morning.

* If you don't have good blinds, temporarily tacking up a blanket over south and west-facing windows can help keep your indoor temperature lower.

* Don't heat up your home unnecessarily. Avoid cooking with your stove or oven and use a microwave or outside grill instead.

* Similarly, avoid drying laundry and running the dishwasher in the afternoon and evening. Do laundry and dishes in the early morning or late evening, or set your timer to have them run overnight. And turn off the heated dry setting on your dishwasher.

* Your air conditioning system or stand-alone A/C has to work much harder when it's this hot to maintain the same temperature as usual -- which can use more energy
o Set your air conditioner thermostat to 78 degrees or higher when you're at home, health permitting, and 85 degrees when you're away.
o If you turn your ceiling fan on when using the air conditioner, you can raise your thermostat about 4°F to save energy with no reduction in comfort.
o But remember: fans cool people, not rooms, so turn fans off in empty rooms.

* Use our free online Energy Tracker tool to keep an eye on your energy use.

Look for other energy-saving tips at PortlandGeneral.com/EE, and follow PGE on Facebook (@portlandgeneralelectric) Twitter or Instagram (@PortlandGeneral). Contact PGE Customer Service at 1-800-542-8818.