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RNP Press Release
March 11, 2002

Renewable Energy Advocates Praise 48 Megawatt Nine Canyon Wind Project

The Renewable Northwest Project (RNP) praised the Nine Canyon Wind Project at a ground-breaking ceremony held today at the project site in southwestern Washington State.

 
As the region’s leading renewable energy advocacy organization, RNP enthusiastically applauds the project, which will use 37 windmills to generate enough energy to serve 12,000 households. Nine Canyon is sponsored by Energy Northwest and is being built by Renewable Energy Systems. The project is expected to be operational by late 2002.
 
Sonja Ling, Policy Associate for RNP, commented, "It's great to see unlikely players step up to the development of wind. It is especially encouraging that Energy Northwest, which runs the region's only operating nuclear power plant, is spearheading the development of this wind project." It is also supported by public power customers in Washington State - eight public utilities will buy power from Nine Canyon.
 
Energy Northwest worked closely with the local Audobon Society to address environmental issues involved in building the wind project, which is sited eight miles southeast of Kennewick, Washington.
 
The project will have substantial clean air benefits. Assuming that the 48 megawatt project has a 30 percent capacity factor, about 55,000 tons of carbon dioxide (the principal cause of global warming) and 5.3 tons of nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxide (acid rain precursors) will be avoided annually.
 
The Renewable Northwest Project is a regional advocacy organization promoting solar, wind, and geothermal energy resources in the Northwest.
 
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For more information contact:
Rachel Shimshak, Director
Renewable Northwest Project
503-223-4544
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