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RNP Press Release
September 29, 1995

Advocates Praise PGE for Commitment to Oregon Wind Project

A regional advocacy organization today cheered Portland General Electric’s (PGE) commitment to Oregon’s first commercial-scale wind energy project. PGE and KENETECH Wind power, the project developer, today signed a power purchase agreement for a 25 MW wind plant to be located in Umatilla County, Oregon.

 
“PGE has demonstrated its leadership and made an investment for our future by committing to this wind project,” said Rachel Shimshak, director of the Renewable Northwest Project, a regional organization promoting environmentally responsible renewable energy resources, based in Portland, Oregon. “This project will benefit both the environment and the economy of Oregon and help maintain our quality of life,” she added.
 
The Umatilla County wind plant was one of the winners in PGE’s 1993 renewables only Request for Proposals (RFP). Together with the Columbia Hills, WA, wind plant, PGE will be investing in a total of 37.5 MW of wind energy. The project will begin construction after the completion of environmental studies and state and county siting review. Construction could begin in early 1997 with expected completion later that year.
 
PGE joins PacifiCorp, the Bonneville Power Administration, the Eugene Water and Electric Board, and Salem Electric all of whom have made decisions to move forward on renewable energy projects in the last week. “The citizens of Oregon can be proud of their utilities for making clean energy decisions that will set the pace for others to follow,” concluded Shimshak.
 
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For more information contact:
Rachel Shimshak, Director
Renewable Northwest Project
503-223-4544
 
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