NW Natural Company History Timeline

1859
7, 1859, they obtained a perpetual franchise from the territorial government to distribute gas.
Portland Gas Light Company began as the first gas company in the Pacific Northwest in 1859, based on a perpetual charter by the territorial government.
1860
1860 The plant begins providing gas lighting for some of Portland's then 3,000 residents.
1862
They incorporated as the Portland Gas Light Company in 1862 and purchased the Portland Water Company franchise.
1868
By 1868, Portland Gas Light Co. was responsible for keeping the water hot in the boilers of Portland's horse-drawn, steam fire engines--the first recorded use of local gas for a purpose other than lighting.
1882
They also created the East Portland Gas Light Company in 1882, creating a plant at East Second and Ankeny.
1892
In 1892, Charles F. Adams, A.L. Mills, and other businessmen bought the Portland Gas Light Co., tied both plants together with a pipeline that went under the Willamette River, and changed the company's name to Portland Gas Co.
1894
Service halted briefly when the record 1894 flood ripped out the underwater crossing, but the company soon rebuilt its manufacturing facilities above the high water mark.
1906
California oil became cheaper than coal so, in 1906, the company began a plant changeover.
1910
By 1910, there were 332 miles of mains serving about ten city districts, and the company incorporated as Portland Gas Coke Co.
1913
In 1913, Portland Gas Coke built its third and last gas manufacturing plant in Linnton, where it made gas from oil, not coal.
1949
In 1949, American Power Light sold off its holdings in Portland Gas Coke.
1956
The company soon thereafter enjoyed renewed development once natural gas arrived from the southwest in 1956 and 15 months later from British Columbia.
1958
In 1958, the company changed its name to Northwest Natural Gas Company.
1969
1969 The company builds its first liquefied natural gas storage tank.
1975
History of general rate changes General rate case history from 1975 - present.
1978
In a push to explore new technologies, Northwest Natural also formed Northwest Geothermal Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary devoted to exploring and developing geothermal sources of energy in western Oregon, in 1978.
1979
1979 Northwest Natural Gas undertakes its largest expansion in eight years, adding 450 miles of pipeline to its 11,000-mile system.
1988
History of cost of gas Annual and winter sales weighted average cost of gas from 1988 - present.
1989
By the end of 1989, the company had grown to serve over 300,000 residential customers.
1997
In 1997, it recruited 430,000 new customers, making it the fastest-growing energy utility in the region.
2002
Due to issues including the bankruptcy of PGE parent Enron, the proposed merger was abandoned in May 2002.
2003
On January 17, 2003, the board of directors of NW Natural Gas Co., dba NW Natural, announced the creation of a charitable fund at the Oregon Community Foundation to honor retiring Chief Executive Officer Richard G. Reiten.
2005
In 2005, the company began removing tar from the site of a former plant that had polluted the Willamette River and were later fined for actions related to that clean-up.
2007
In 2007, NW Natural announced plans to construct a new pipeline for delivery of natural gas, and announced a rate cut for the first time in six years.
2017
General rate case filing For the first time in six years, NW Natural filed for a rate increase in December 2017.
Founded
1859
Company Founded
Headquarters
Portland, OR
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