PSE & RES Move Forward with Washington Wind Energy Development

Puget Sound Energy (PSE) and Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. (RES Americas) filed a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) application on January 26 it Garfield County, Washington State to bring wind energy to Southeast Washington. The permit application follows the two companies’ December 2008 agreement to develop and construct the Lower Snake River Wind Energy Project, new wind energy facility they are planning in Washington’s Garfield and Columbia counties.

“Wind power brings a proven boost to the local economy, and is a great fit with wheat and grain farming in the area,” said Anne Walsh, senior project manager at PSE’s Dayton office. “PSE and RES Americas look forward to working with the community to create new wind facilities that will create jobs, increase tax revenues and drive diverse business opportunities to Pomeroy, Dayton and the region.”

According to the CUP filing, made by PSE and RES, the Lower Snake River Wind Energy Project is expected to have an installed capacity of up to 1,250 megawatts (MW), with an anticipated 800 MW and 440 turbines in Garfield County and an anticipated 450 MW and 250 turbines in Columbia County.

Final energy capacity and turbine layouts will be determined through the state and county permitting processes and complete evaluation of the available wind resources and environmental impacts. The project is designed to be built in phases, with construction on support infrastructure targeted to begin in 2010.

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