Eugene Water and Electric Board entered into new management contracts for its 12 MW Stone Creek run-of-river hydro project [P-5264] on the Clackamas River, the municipal utility announced May 12.

The hydro plant has been operated and maintained by Portland General Electric since the muni acquired it in 1994, but late last year the investor-owned utility notified EWEB it would no longer operate the plant.

To replace PGE's services, EWEB commissioners on May 5 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.