Border Wind Farm Powering the Northwest

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber and Washington Lt. Governor Brad Owen are to meet at the Oregon – Washington border today to dedicate the largest wind farm in the West, a facility that straddles both states.

WALLULA JUNCTION, Washington 2002-04-04 [SolarAccess.com] Developed, owned and operated by FPL Energy, the 263 MW Stateline Energy Center provides clean, Renewable Energy to PacificCorp Power Marketing (PPM), for its customers throughout the Pacific Northwest. Kitzhaber and Owen joined FPL Energy President Ron Green, PPM CEO Terry Hudgens, Bonneville Power Administrator Steve Wright, Seattle City Council member Heidi Wills and more than 100 local and regional guests in a celebration of the Pacific Northwest’s largest wind energy facility. “The Stateline Wind Project is exciting, not only because we need the 263-megawatts of electricity – but also because it highlights the Northwest as a development center for clean energy,” said Kitzhaber. “If we are to maintain our free markets and continue our economic growth, we must bring clean energy on line worldwide. The Stateline Wind Project exemplifies our commitment to achieving a sustainable world, and serves as an inspiration to the private and public sectors alike.” “It’s not often that we have such an outstanding example of government, private industry and individual grass roots groups working together to accomplish a goal that everyone will benefit from,” said Owen. The Stateline Energy Center was fully operational in December 2001, just nine months after construction of the facility began. But as with most large wind energy facilities, when sections of the facility were completed, electricity began flowing to PPM customers. The first power from Stateline reached consumers in July. The facility has the capacity to provide enough electricity to power about 60,000 homes and businesses. The Stateline Energy Center provides electricity for PPM customers including Bonneville Power Administration, and Seattle City Light, the Eugene Water and Electric Board and Avista Utilities. FPL Energy operates 14 wind farms in Oregon, Washington, Iowa, Texas, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Kansas.

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