PGE ‘s Tucannon River wind farm to expand Oregon’s renewable portfolio

PGE has completed its second fully owned and operated Tucannon River Wind Farm having 267 MW of total installed capacity in Oregon.

Consisting of 116 wind turbines, the approximately $500 million worth plant is already operational.

The plant is expected to produce an average of 101 MW of clean energy, sufficient to power around 84,000 average homes, supplied through a new interconnection at Central Ferry Substation.

The project is a major infrastructure investment promoting a balanced, varied energy portfolio for reliable, sensibly priced power, according to PGE authorities.

PGE 's Tucannon River wind farm

Located near Dayton, Wash the project complements PGE’s already existing Biglow Canyon wind farm as well as the power purchase agreements for the output of the Klondike II and Vansycle Ridge wind farms.

The Tucannon River Wind Farm is an asset to the Columbia County and the Dayton community providing economic support to the region along with carbon-free electricity.

In addition to increasing county tax revenue, the project created job opportunities with 18 permanent, family-wage positions to the Dayton community.

Renewable Energy Systems Americas was responsible for the construction and development of the farm, using Siemens wind turbines, each with a nameplate generating capacity of 2.3 megawatts.

The project was completed under the implementation of the action strategy derived from PGE ’s 2009 Integrated Resource Plan, recognized by the Oregon Public Utility Commission in November 2010.

Oregon’s renewable portfolio standard has kept a target of supplying 15 percent of the electricity from qualified renewable resources by 2015 and 25 percent by 2025.

In October, PGE reported a net income of $39 million for the third quarter of 2014. This compares with net income of $31 million for the third quarter of 2013.

Sabeena Wahid