Oregon Wind Farm Brings 41 MW Online

Forty-one new wind turbines line the foothills in Northeastern Oregon, ready to deliver clean, renewable wind power to PacifiCorp customers. Located south of Umapine, and west of Milton-Freewater, Oregon, the Combine Hills Turbine Ranch I is the newest energy project owned by Eurus Energy of America (EEA), and the first wind farm funded with help from the Energy Trust of Oregon.

Milton-Freewater, Oregon – December 4, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] Combine Hills Turbine Ranch I began construction late this summer and the wind turbines and infrastructure are completed. The wind turbines will come on line incrementally, and will commence commercial operation in mid-December. The new wind farm will interconnect to PacifiCorp’s transmission system and deliver enough power to serve about 12,000 Pacific Power households. The agreement to bring the 41 MW facility online was struck by PacifiCorp, the Energy Trust of Oregon, and EEA in the spring of 2003. It is the Energy Trust of Oregon’s first foray into large-scale wind development. The Energy Trust made a one-time, up-front payment of $3.8 million to own the green tags and will convey them to PacifiCorp for the benefit of the utility’s Oregon customers. PacifiCorp agreed to purchase the power for 20 years. “Timely completion of the construction was possible due to the outstanding cooperation and talents of Wind Energy Constructors, Mitsubishi Power Systems and PacifiCorp,” said Tom Farnham, a spokesperson for EEA. “We are also very grateful for the assistance from the local authorities and landowners. It took a lot of diligent planning and hard work to bring this to fruition.” The project is one more step forward in efforts to increase the amount of renewable power generation. “Combine Hills is an important step forward in our company’s continued effort to bring more renewable energy online,” said PacifiCorp President and CEO Judi Johansen. “Our Integrated Resource Plan states our intent to bring on 1,400 MW of wind in the next 10 years, and we rank third in the nation for the number of customers we have signed up for renewable power.” “Supporting renewable development is the right direction for our company and for our country,” Johansen said. “The innovative agreement that brought this facility online shows what can be done between private and public partnerships to grow wind power development.” The construction phase of this green energy project generated an estimated 180 construction jobs and will permanently employ up to six full-time skilled positions. The local area benefits from the construction dollars spent and the ongoing operations expenses, and the project will pay several hundred thousand dollars annually in property tax. Wind Energy Constructors estimates that it spent up to $4 million in the local area during construction. This project is EEA’s first Oregon project and its second wind project serving the Northwest. Eurus Energy was a partner in the 41.4 MW Foote Creek I project in Wyoming, which serves Bonneville Power, PacifiCorp and the Eugene Water & Electric Board.
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