|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
“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