Company plans gas-fired power plant in Hermiston

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HERMISTON (AP) — An energy developer has proposed a power plant at Hermiston designed to ramp up when the breezes die down and the region’s burgeoning wind turbine generators go slack.

The East Oregonian reports Perennial Power Holdings wants to put the plant near another generating plant it owns at Hermiston. It would be fired by natural gas.

Company officials say the plant would produce up to 412 megawatts and be designed to increase or decrease its output quickly.

They say that would help stabilize the region’s power grid by matching electricity supplies with demand.

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