Portland’s Tucannon River Wind project spins into action

Portland General Electric (NYSE:POR) announced Dec. 15 that its Tucannon River Wind Farm is in service and available to generate power for PGE customers.

Tucannon River is PGE’s second fully owned and operated large-scale wind project, with 116 turbines and a total installed capacity of 267 MW. Given the variability of wind power, the plant is expected to produce an average of 101 MW.

“Tucannon River Wind Farm is a key infrastructure investment that will serve our customers with clean, renewable energy for decades to come,” said Jim Piro, PGE president and CEO. “Tucannon River supports a balanced, diverse energy portfolio for reliable, reasonably priced power. The new wind farm will also help PGE meet Oregon’s Renewable Portfolio Standard, which requires us to supply 15 percent of the electricity our customers use from qualified renewable resources by 2015 and 25 percent by 2025.”

Tucannon River Wind Farm is located on 20,000 acres near Dayton, Wash. The new wind farm complements PGE’s existing portfolio of wind resources located in Eastern and North-central Oregon: Biglow Canyon Wind Farm, which is fully owned and operated by PGE, and power purchase agreements for the output of the Klondike II and Vansycle Ridge wind farms.

Tucannon River was built for PGE by general contractor and independent renewable power developer Renewable Energy Systems Americas Construction Inc. using wind turbines manufactured by Siemens, each with a nameplate generating capacity of 2.3 MW. Power generated at Tucannon River will be brought to PGE customers via a new interconnection at the Central Ferry Substation constructed by the Bonneville Power Administration. The plant was completed on time and on budget under fixed-price contracts, with final construction costs expected to be approximately $500m, excluding AFDC.

Portland General Electric, headquartered in Portland, Ore., is a fully integrated electric utility that serves more than 843,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Oregon.

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