Portland, Oregon [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] The last of the 76 turbines in the first-phase of development at Portland General Electric Company’s (PGE) Biglow Canyon Wind Farm in Sherman County, Oregon are online. PGE broke ground on the project in February of this year, and the first turbines began generating electricity for the utility’s customers in October.
With this announcement, PGE’s first wholly owned and operated wind farm has an installed capacity of 125 megawatts. Additional phases planned for construction in 2009 and 2010 are expected to bring the facility’s total generating capacity to between 400 and 450 megawatts.“This has been a model project, and we’re very pleased to be fully online — on time and on budget,” said Jim Lobdell, vice president, power operations and resources strategy for PGE. “Phase one of Biglow Canyon has taken PGE’s commitment to new renewable energy resources to a new level, building on our earlier acquisition of long-term contracts for wind power from other suppliers.”