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September 17, 2003

Washington and Ohio Pursuing New Wind Power Additions

A utility and a group led by a non-profit organization are planning to bring more wind power to Washington State. On September 9th, Puget Sound Energy, a utility serving 1.4 million customers in the state, issued a draft request for proposals (RFP) for 150 megawatts of wind power. The draft RFP is the utility's first step toward achieving its goal of drawing on renewable energy for 10 percent of its power supply by 2013. The company held a public meeting on the draft RFP on September 15th and expects to issue a final RFP in early December; the draft RFP sets January 9th as the due date for proposals. See the Puget Sound Energy press release and RFP.

Meanwhile, the non-profit Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF) is leading a group that has secured wind-power development rights on about 20,000 acres of land in Klickitat County, in central Washington near the Oregon border. BEF has joined with the members of the Last Mile Electric Cooperative to secure the rights to the windy site, which could host up to 200 megawatts of wind turbines. The participants hope to obtain permits and build a wind project on the site within the next two years. See the BEF press release.

While big wind power plans are underway in Washington, a wind project under construction in Ohio is small in comparison but large in significance. The state's first utility-scale wind plant, consisting of two 1.8-megawatt wind turbines, is now being built near Bowling Green, just south of Toledo. The 3.6-megawatt wind facility should be operating by the end of this year. See the press release from Green Mountain Energy Company.