SAN DIEGO, Nov. 15, 2001 – The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), and SeaWest WindPower, Inc., today announced the execution of an agreement under which Bonneville will purchase power from a wind energy project being constructed by SeaWest.
The project is located near the town of Condon, in central Oregon, south of the Columbia River Gorge. BPA will purchase and market the entire output of the project over a 20-year period.
At 49.8 megawatts, the Condon Wind Energy Project will provide clean, renewable electricity while increasing local employment and investment in a rural and economically challenged area of Oregon. Phase I will be operational by the end of December 2001, and by the end of May 2002, both phases will be on-line and the 83 wind turbines will be delivering clean energy to thousands of customers in the Northwest.
Located on private farmland, the project will provide additional income to farmers while leaving the vast majority of their land available for wheat production.
The Condon project is a model for wind energy development in our state,” said Oregon Congressman David Wu (D-OR). “Much of Oregon’s energy still comes from fossil fuel sources and the Condon project is a common sense way to clean our air while diversifying our fuel sources. It will also create new jobs and bring $15 million in income to the local community over its lifetime. Many farms in the region are facing severe economic difficulties and projects like this one can help rural Oregonians maintain their communities.”
“This is a great moment for us,” said Christian Engsted, SeaWest CEO. “The signing of this power purchase agreement marks a critical point in the completion of the Condon project. With the arrangements now in place with the BPA, we’re all set to bring the first turbines on line in December. Construction is well underway and we anticipate smooth sailing to commercial operation.”
“The Condon project will add clean, renewable energy to our electricity supply while supporting Oregon’s rural economy. That’s a pretty good combination,” said Rachel Shimshak, director of the Renewable Northwest Project.
Located in Gilliam County, Oregon, the project will utilize 83 – 600kW wind turbines manufactured by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, of Japan. Mounted on tubular steel towers, 197 feet tall, the wind turbines have a rotor diameter of 155 feet and will rotate at 24 revolutions per minute. “Mitsubishi is pleased to be supplying turbines to SeaWest and the BPA for this very important project,” said Ichiro Itoh, MHI’s Wind Division General Manager.
About SeaWest WindPower, Inc.
Founded in 1982, SeaWest is a independent developer of utility-scale wind energy plants. With the addition of the 49.8 mw Condon project, SeaWest will have constructed nearly 700 megawatts of wind energy projects located throughout Wyoming, California and Europe, the majority of which have been or are currently operated by SeaWest. Also built and operated by SeaWest, the combined 60 megawatt Foote Creek I, II and IV wind energy projects located in Wyoming, already sell energy to the Bonneville Power Administration. For further information about SeaWest WindPower, and other recent projects, please visit www.seawestwindpower.com .