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RNP Press Release
April 2, 2002

Statement of Rachel Shimshak, Director Renewable Northwest Project At the Stateline Wind Project Dedication

It is a great honor to participate in the dedication of the Stateline wind project. We have seen this project germinate from an idea in FPL’s head, and grow to a partnership with PacifiCorp Power Marketing (PPM), and from there into the largest new wind project in the western United States. The region is proud to host this facility that is serving over 65,000 customers right here in the Northwest with home grown clean energy.

 
FPL and PPM have earned the support of the local communities and state and local agencies involved in siting the project. Together, they have helped shape this project into a truly stunning example of clean energy technology. Stateline has helped invigorate the local economy by providing construction jobs, contributing to the local tax bases of the counties, and by supporting the farmers and ranchers on whose land the turbines are placed.
 
Congratulations to FPL and PPM for having the vision to create Stateline, and to The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), Seattle City Light and all other customers for creating the demand for this wind power. Making a market for renewable power is what the people of the region want. The project sponsors also assembled a first class team to work with them on Stateline. They all deserve credit for persevering, meeting some stiff timelines, and doing it all with grace.
 
All of the Stateline partners have created a wind facility that stands as a symbol that a clean energy future is both desirable, and doable. It provides momentum for others to follow.
 
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For more information contact:
Rachel Shimshak, Director
Renewable Northwest Project
503-223-4544
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