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PGE plans to add poles on some Mountain properties posted on 06/01/2021

Portland General Electric (PGE) began marking properties for potentially adding poles to properties last month, the start of an effort to remove service drops that are attached to trees. Andrea Platt of PGE Strategic Communications noted the project is in the design work phase and PGE will engage with property owners for potential design solutions in the coming months.

“We’ve got a number of ways that we’ll plan to reach out to customers so they have a sense of what we’re doing and what the options might look like,” Platt said. “If customers don’t agree with the location for a future potential pole, we want to have dialogue.”

Properties were marked with stakes with pink ribbons where a new potential pole could be placed.

Platt noted that PGE is constantly assessing equipment to be in line with current laws, noting that the lines that were attached to trees were done many years ago.

“Times have changed and regulations have as well,” she said, adding that these relocations are part of a broader effort to protect areas around wires and equipment.

Mountain resident Mike Gudge has concerns about the change, including that the new pole will be “unsightly.”

“The way they route them, routing away from trees as much in the open and clear as they can,” Gudge said. “Now they’re hidden among the trees and the branches.”

Gudge added that he hopes other options will be considered, including perhaps electrical standoffs that could insulate a line from the tree it is attached to.

Homeowners with questions about potential poles can contact PGE at 503-228-6322.

Stakes put on properties have a job number on it and homeowners can use that as a reference.

By Garth Guibord/MT





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