Portland, OR, Nov. 28, 2006 — Portland General Electric Co. (PGE) announced it has executed an agreement with Vestas Wind Systems, of Denmark, to acquire 76 turbines for phase one construction of the 25,000-acre Biglow Canyon Wind Farm in Sherman County, OR. The turbines will each have the capacity to generate 1.65 megawatts (MW) of electricity, for a total of 125.4 MW.
The Biglow Canyon project was developed by Orion Energy LLC and will be built, owned and operated by PGE.
PGE could ultimately construct between 350 and 450 MW of wind energy capacity at the Biglow Canyon site, which could produce enough electricity to power 100,000 homes. PGE proposes to construct the wind farm in three phases during a five-year timeframe.
PGE officials said the project fits well with what customers want and with the company’s goal to minimize energy price volatility by reducing exposure to fuel costs.
In combination with existing wind resources, this first phase of Biglow Canyon will allow PGE to offer its customers access to a total of 225 MW of wind energy capacity. PGE customers already receive all 75 MW of wind capacity from PPM Energy’s Klondike II wind farm in Sherman County through a 30-year agreement that began last year, and 25 MW of wind capacity from the Vansycle Ridge wind farm in Umatilla County.
Completion of Biglow Canyon phase one is anticipated by December 2007. In combination with the Klondike II contract this will fulfill PGE’s 200 MW wind power target from the company’s 2002 Integrated Resource Plan.
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