PacifiCorp Utility Purchases PPM’s Oregon Wind Project

PacifiCorp has purchased from PPM Energy the Leaning Juniper 1 wind energy generation facility, located about three miles southwest of Arlington, Oregon, in what is a first for PPM Energy. Although it has sold energy and green tags from wind farms for some time, PPM Energy is now selling a developed and built wind project to a utility.

When completed in August 2006, the Leaning Juniper 1 facility will have a generating capability of 100.5 megawatts (MW), which will become part of the diverse resource mix used to supply electricity to PacifiCorp’s 1.6 million customers in six Western states. Under the agreement, PPM Energy, which began project construction in January 2006, will complete construction for PacifiCorp and then provide operation, maintenance and warranty services for two years. “My goal is to make Oregon a national leader in the production and use of renewable energy,” said Ted Kulongoski, Governor of Oregon, “and this project will help us achieve that goal. It also demonstrates that Oregon-based wind power is cost-effective and a good fit for utility energy portfolios.” “This purchase announcement is the first of several we expect to be making in the next year, as we aggressively pursue renewable resources as an economic and environmentally prudent component of our generation portfolio,” said Greg Abel, PacifiCorp chairman and chief executive officer. “As part of its sale to MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company, PacifiCorp committed to bring at least 100 megawatts of cost-effective new wind resources in service by late March 2007 and to have, to the extent available, 400 megawatts of cost-effective new renewable resources in PacifiCorp’s generation portfolio by the end of 2007.” Today’s announcement comes within four months of the closure of the sale of PacifiCorp to MidAmerican and fulfills the first step of that commitment. “PPM Energy is proud to bring two new products to its customers — a completed new wind plant and long-term operations and maintenance services,” said Terry Hudgens, PPM Energy, chief executive officer. “These flexible new structures allow PPM Energy to continue to provide a wider range of solutions to meet our customers’ growing demand for clean, renewable wind energy.” The project will generate enough energy to serve more than 30,000 homes each month. It will use 1.5-MW General Electric turbines, 67 in total, all of which are erected. The land is owned by Waste Management Disposal Services of Oregon, Inc. and will continue to be used for wheat farming and grazing.
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