Eugene Water and Electric Board will keep the 12 MW Stone Creek hydro project on the Clackamas River in its portfolio with a pair of operation and maintenance contracts.

The run-of-river hydro project has been operated and maintained by Portland General Electric since its turbines starting spinning in 1994, but late last year the investor-owned utility notified EWEB it would no longer operate the plant.

On May 5, EWEB commissioners approved a pair of contracts that will keep the hydro facility in the consumer-owned utility's portfolio.

The board approved a five-year agreement with Energy Northwest to operate the plant and transmission line that connects to EWEB's Harriet Lake Substation. Under a 10-year contract, PGE will operate the transmission line that links the Harriet Lake Substation to PGE's Oak Grove Substation, where the output from Stone Creek ties into the regional grid.

"Though a relatively small generation facility, Stone Creek has consistently provided positive revenues to EWEB customers and is a reliable producer of carbon-free, local hydropower for Eugene and the region," said EWEB General Manager Frank Lawson, in a prepared statement

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Steve began covering energy policy and resource development in the Pacific Northwest in 1999. He’s been editor of Clearing Up since 2003, and has been a fellow at the Institute for Journalism and Natural Resource and University of Texas.