PPM’s 221 MW Klondike III Wind Project Builds on Success

Once construction is complete, PPM Energy’s Klondike III Wind Project near Wasco, Oregon, is expected to generate 221 megawatts (MW) of electricity. During the ten-month construction period, up to 135 jobs will be created, half of them from the region. The facility is due to be fully commercially operational in 2007.

Klondike III will use 44 Siemens 2.3 MW wind turbines and 80 GE 1.5 MW wind turbines. PPM Energy is in discussions for the sale of energy and renewable energy credits from the project. When Klondike III, which is to be built adjacent to PPM’s existing Klondike I and Klondike II Wind Power Plants, is combined with the recently completed 100 MW Leaning Juniper project (subsequently sold to PacifiCorp), PPM’s total this year comes to to 321.7 MW wind projects completed or under construction in Oregon. “PPM Energy is delighted to bring online the biggest wind farm in Oregon and our sixth wind project here in the Northwest where we are based,” said Terry Hudgens, PPM Energy’s CEO. “Whether you measure it from a commercial, environmental or community standpoint, Klondike I was a phenomenal success. So we built Klondike II and repeated the success story. Now we’re building Klondike III and going for a hat trick.” The project is also expected to purchase about $4 million in local construction materials; create approximately $1 million of demand for local services (fuel, food and lodging); and it will support the local economy with property tax payments expected to be in the millions of dollars over the life of the project. “The Klondike III project represents the first installment in what we expect to be an active year for wind project construction in 2007,” said Elliot Mainzer of Bonneville Power Administration’s (BPA) Transmission Planning Division. “Not only is PPM Energy bringing more wind online, the company is a valuable participant in the regional development of the Northwest Wind Integration Action Plan, which aims to integrate the region’s growing number of wind projects at the lowest overall cost to BPA, our customers, and other regional ratepayers.”
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