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October 26, 2005

Wind Projects in California and Washington to Exceed 200 Megawatts

Photo of cranes assembling wind turbines. A crane in the foreground is setting a tower in place, while behind that stands a tower with just the nacelle. A completed turbine stands in the background.

In a sign of things to come, Puget Sound Energy is now building the 150-megawatt Hopkins Ridge Wind Project in southeast Washington State.
Credit: Photo by Scott Kirk for Puget Sound Energy

Plans are proceeding to build wind power projects in California and Washington that will each exceed 200 megawatts. In southern California, enXco plans to build a 205.5-megawatt wind facility, called the Pacific Wind Project, by 2007 or 2008. On October 21st, San Diego Gas and Electric Company (SDG&E) announced its agreement to buy power from the project. In Washington State, Puget Sound Energy (PSE) will own the 229-megawatt Wild Horse Wind Power Project when Horizon Wind Energy finishes construction in late 2006. PSE bought the development rights for the project from Horizon (formerly called Zilkha Renewable Energy) early in October. The project earned approval from Governor Christine Gregoire in July. Currently, the largest U.S. wind power plant is the 300-megawatt Stateline Wind Energy Center in Washington, but projects larger than 200 megawatts remain a rarity. See the press release from SDG&E and PSE and the Wild Horse Wind Power Project page on the Horizon Wind Energy Web site.