World’s largest wind plant set to energize the West

Portland, Ore. – PacifiCorp, through its non-regulated subsidiary PacifiCorp Power Marketing, Inc. (PPM), and FPL Energy, LLC, a subsidiary of FPL Group, an-nounced an agreement to develop and market power from the world’s largest single wind energy development. FPL Energy will build, own and operate the new wind farm along the Washington-Oregon border southwest of Walla Walla, Wash. PPM will purchase and market the entire output of the project over a 25-year period.

When fully operational, more than 450 wind turbines will produce electricity to serve the energy needs of some 70,000 homes annually, enough energy for about one-third of the residential customers in Portland, Ore. This announcement makes PPM the leading supplier of renewable resources in the Pacific Northwest.

“The Stateline project is just the sort of sustainable solution we need for the region’s energy shortage,” said Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber. “The project has the added benefit that it can be brought on quickly to meet our immediate needs. I commend the companies for their foresight and pledge our state will provide a timely review of the project.”

“This is a great example of how alternative energy sources can benefit the Northwest,” said Washington Governor Gary Locke. “This facility will help meet the increasing demand for electricity in our region while providing economic development to eastern Washington. Wind powered energy is both cost-competitive with gas, and friendlier to the environment. This is exactly the sort of innovation we need in the Pacific Northwest today.”

“This is a substantial, meaningful action that demonstrates PPM and FPL Energy’s commitment to clean energy,” said Rachel Shimshak, director of the Renewable Northwest Project. “At a time when power prices are skyrocketing in the wholesale market and the region is short of power, it is a smart business decision to go with stable-priced, indigenous renewable resources.”

Throughout the West, severe shortages of electricity have led authorities to call for stepped-up construction of new power plants. Even the speediest construction of conventional fossil plants takes years to bring on line. Most of the Stateline Project will be generating this year, helping to ease shortages.

PPM will take delivery of raw wind power at the project and shape it into green energy products and market them throughout the West. Wind energy will be delivered to the grid via Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) and PacifiCorp transmission lines.

Through proposed agreements, BPA and other utilities will supply hydropower resources to PPM to shape the variable wind energy, thereby creating a variety of energy products that can be used reliably by end-use customers. PPM is also in discussions with BPA to purchase up to 40 percent of Stateline’s output on behalf of BPA customers.

The Stateline Project will be developed on both sides of the Washington-Oregon border. The Walla Walla Planning Commission on Nov. 15, 2000, approved permitting for the Washington portion following a rigorous review process and full environmental impact study, which included thorough avian, botanical and cultural resource studies.

Previous articleELP Volume 79 Issue 2
Next articleReliant executive warns of summer blackouts

No posts to display