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RNP Press Release
April 3, 2002

Renewable Advocates Cheer Vestas Wind Turbine Manufacturing Coming to Portland, Oregon

The region’s leading renewable advocacy group today cheered the announcement from Vestas Wind Systems A/S that they will locate a wind turbine manufacturing facility in Portland, Oregon.

 
"This is a very big deal," commented Rachel Shimshak, Director of the Renewable Northwest Project. "The emergence of a strong renewable energy market in the region, along with the leadership of our local officials in supporting clean energy technologies, has combined to make Oregon the right place to locate this wind turbine manufacturing facility."
 
The Vestas plant will employ up to 1000 people and is scheduled to be completed by mid-2003.
 
Vestas wind turbines are being used at Oregon’s Vansycle wind project in Umatilla County, Oregon, and at the Stateline wind project in Umatilla and Walla Walla Counties. The 263 megawatt Stateline facility was dedicated yesterday, and will serve over 60,000 households. PacifiCorp Power Marketing (PPM) purchased all of the power from the project and has resold it to Seattle City Light, the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), and Avista.
 
"The foundation laid by the state’s four new wind projects, our innovative restructuring legislation which supports renewables, and the strong public response to renewable energy products offered by our utilities demonstrate Oregon’s commitment to renewable energy," added Shimshak. "The Vestas announcement stands as a symbol that a clean energy future benefits both the environment and the economy of the region," she concluded.
 
The Renewable Northwest Project (RNP) is a regional, non-profit group promoting solar, wind, and geothermal resources throughout the four states of the Northwest. Vestas American Wind Technology, Inc. is a member of RNP.
 
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For more information contact:
Rachel Shimshak, Director
Renewable Northwest Project
503-223-4544
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