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Clackamas River structure has been a fixture since 1907, demolition scheduled for next spring

ESTACADA NEWS PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Attendees at a recent gathering at the Faraday Powerhouse listen as Portland General Electric shares plans for the powerhouses future.

Officials from Portland General Electric and community members recently gathered at the Faraday Powerhouse to commemorate the 111-year-old structure and look to the future as it is removed and replaced.

On Monday, Sept. 24, PGE hosted a gathering at the hydroelectric on the Clackamas River, a few miles east of Estacada. Speakers included PGE President and CEO Maria Pope and Clackamas County Commission Chair Jim Bernard.

"This powerhouse has withstood 111 years. It's a tribute to our predecessors and what they were able to do," Pope said.

The powerhouse has weathered two major floods, numerous windstorms and other poundings by Mother Nature. It will be demolished next spring, a process that is expected to last until the fall. Construction on the new structure will begin directly after that and will likely be completed at the end of 2020.

During the process, a cofferdam will be installed so demolition and construction on the sections of the powerhouse that are typically underwater can be completed in a dry environment.

ESTACADA NEWS PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Portland General Electric President and CEO Maria Pope discusses the legacy of the Faraday Powerhouse during an event earlier this week.

The new powerhouse will have modernized turbines with the capacity to produce increased energy. It will also be more fish friendly and seismically sound.

Prior to demolition, several elements will be removed for preservation, including the windows.

Bernard praised PGE's commitment to the community and the Clackamas River.

"PGE has been a great partner, caring for our river," he said.

Pope noted that the Faraday Powerhouse brings electricity to 27,000 homes in the region.

"We have a tremendous legacy of hydropower," she said,

adding that it is important to

preserve that for future generations.

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