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Utilities pair up to develop gorge line

UNITED STATES - Oregon's two largest investor-owned utilities, Portland General Electric and PacifiCorp, have signed a memorandum of understanding to jointly develop a transmission line intended to accommodate renewable energy development in the wind-rich Columbia River Gorge.

 The double-circuit 500kV line, dubbed Cascade Crossing, would cost roughly $825 million and cover 340 kilometres between the gorge city of Boardman and the state's capital city of Salem.

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