The Energy Trust of Oregon, in coordination with Portland General Electric and PacifiCorp, has issued a request for proposals to develop up to 100 MW of new wind power in Oregon.Portland, Oregon – July 25, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] The Energy Trust is seeking one or more new or expanded wind energy projects in Oregon that will have the capacity to produce 25 to 100 MW of electricity, enough to power up to 25,000 homes. The project or projects must come on line by December 31, 2003, in order to qualify for the federal energy production tax credit. One or both of the utilities will sign long-term power purchase agreements with the successful bidder. The Energy Trust expects to pay up to US$8.5 million to cover the difference between the cost of the wind power and the utilities’ purchase price. Proposals are due August 21. The Energy Trust will select a contractor or contractors this fall. The wind energy project will be the first large-scale Renewable Energy project funded by the Energy Trust of Oregon. The independent, nonprofit organization, launched in March 2002, receives funding from the 3 percent public purpose charge established by Oregon’s electric energy restructuring legislation. The Energy Trust funds energy efficient and Renewable Energy technologies that develop new sources of clean energy, stimulate the economy, and help Oregonians lower their electricity bills. “This request for proposals, and the coalition behind it, is a watershed for renewable energy development in Oregon. The selected project will deliver pollution-free, fixed-price power, while boosting the Oregon economy,” said Peter West, director of Renewable Energy for the Energy Trust.