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October 16, 2002

New 48-Megawatt Wind Plant Begins Operation in Washington

The Nine Canyon Wind Project began operating in late September, adding 48 megawatts of new wind power capacity to the Pacific Northwest's power grid. Located about eight miles southeast of Kennewick, Washington, near the Oregon border, the new facility consists of 37 wind turbines, each capable of generating 1.3 megawatts of power. Bonus A/S, a Danish company, manufactured the wind turbines, and Renewable Energy Systems developed the project. Energy Northwest owns and operates the wind power plant, which is providing power to eight Washington Public Utility Districts (PUDs). Benton PUD, one of the eight power purchasers, also built an electrical substation and a four-mile transmission line to connect the new facility to the regional power grid. See the Energy Northwest press release and the project description for the Nine Canyon Wind Project.