Document Type

Closed Project

Publication Date

Fall 2002


Timothy Anderson

Course Title

Engineering Economic Analysis

Course Number

EMGT 535/635


Portland General Electric Company -- Management, Portland (Or.) -- Department of Public Utilities, Technology -- Management, Engineering -- Management


This project focuses on the application of Engineering Economics concepts applied to a real world scenario. Our team chose to analyze the current situation of PGE after the Enron debacle and the impact it has had on PGE. PGE being the biggest subsidiary of Enron is now facing an uncertain situation since it is up for sale after Enron filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Based on our research from various resources, the analysis and discussion in our paper focuses mainly on the purchase of PGE by the city of Portland and to determine if the purchase by the city of Portland is in the best interest of ratepayers. The discussion also includes examining other purchase alternatives with the report detailing economic realities, comparisons and recommendations by using tools and models for estimating the costs and economic impacts and benefits of public ownership based on the data available. The challenge is often how to determine the true costs and the true benefits of alternative decisions.


This project is only available to students, staff, and faculty of Portland State University

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