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RNP News Item
June 4, 2013

PGE Announces New Wind Farm in SE Washington

Portland, Ore. – Yesterday the Portland General Electric Company (PGE) announced plans to construct a new wind farm in Southeastern Washington. In addition to a new natural gas plant in Boardman, Oregon, PGE has acquired the development rights to phase two of the Lower Snake River wind farm near Dayton, Washington, northeast of Walla Walla. The power plants represent PGE's choice for the least cost, least risk resources to help meet customer energy needs and the Oregon Renewable Portfolio Standard.


Stated Rachel Shimshak, executive director of the Renewable Northwest Project, "There is a lot to like in PGE's announcement: geographically diverse, new renewable resources that create jobs, stabilize rates, and keep the air clean; a transmission agreement with BPA that maximizes efficiency and minimizes environmental impact; and taking advantage of federal incentives to save customers even more money on resources they want more of in their supply.  We hope PGE will consider doing more, and that other utilities will take advantage of today's favorable market conditions as well."


The Lower Snake River wind farm will qualify for federal production tax credits, which should reduce its cost for ratepayers by $253 million over the life of the plant. The PGE owned and operated facility will employ 300 construction workers and create about 18 full-time operations positions. The 267-megawatt facility will be completed in 2015 and will generate enough power to serve about 84,000 customers.

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