Siemens wins order from Portland General for 116 wind turbines

Siemens Energy has received an order from Portland General Electric (PGE) for the supply and installation of 116 wind turbines for a wind farm project in Washington, Siemens said on Aug. 20.

The wind turbines, each with a rating of 2.3 MW and a rotor diameter of 108 meters, are to be installed at the Tucannon River Wind Farm in the state of Washington. When it comes online in 2015, the wind farm’s total capacity of 267 MW will be enough to supply nearly 84,000 American households with electricity.

The nacelles for the wind turbines will be manufactured at the Siemens plant in Hutchinson, Kansas. The rotor blades will be fabricated at the Siemens facility in Fort Madison, Iowa. Siemens will also be responsible for service for the wind turbines over a period of five years.

The Tucannon River Wind Farm, formerly known as Lower Snake River Phase II, is adjacent to the Lower Snake River Phase I project, a 343-MW wind plant completed in 2012 and also featuring Siemens wind turbines.

On June 3, PGE announced the completion of the competitive bidding process for baseload and renewable generation plants. PGE has entered into an agreement for the construction of a new 440-MW natural gas-fired baseload plant called Carty, to be built by a third party next to the Boardman coal plant, which is due to be retired in 2020. On Aug. 1, PGE closed on an agreement to acquire development rights for the construction of a new 267-MW wind farm, which the company will now call the Tucannon River Wind Farm. Also, PGE has begun construction on Port Westward Unit 2, the 220-MW natural gas-fired capacity resource announced earlier this year.

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