Bonneville Power Administration Adds Oregon Wind to Portfolio

October 11, 2007

The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) has entered into a 20-year agreement to purchase 50 megawatts (MW) of capacity from PPM Energy's Klondike Wind Power III project near Wasco, about 100 miles east of Portland, Oregon. The project is a 221-MW wind farm that is the biggest wind farm built in Oregon to date. BPA's purchase increases its total renewable energy supply by roughly 25 percent, from about 207 MW to 257 MW.

"Public demand in the Northwest for sources of clean, renewable power has never been stronger," said Steve Wright, BPA administrator. "This Klondike III purchase is a sound business decision — it's cost-competitive, fits with the agency's goals of serving the region's needs, and helps BPA maintain its near-zero carbon footprint."

Had BPA purchased the equivalent energy output of the Klondike III contract from an efficient fossil-fueled power source, such as a natural-gas-fired combined-cycle generator, the associated emissions could range between 27,000 tons and 72,000 tons of carbon dioxide per year.

Three states that include BPA customers — Washington, Oregon, and Montana — have enacted legislation requiring utilities to phase in additional renewable energy sources.

Separately, BPA's transmission group is working to connect the Klondike III project to the BPA grid by adding a 12-mile-long 230-kilovolt (kV) double-circuit transmission line. The line will run north from PPM Energy's existing Klondike Schoolhouse Substation to connect to BPA's existing 500-kV John Day Substation. BPA is also expanding the John Day Substation and building a new 230-kV substation adjacent to it. These measures will enable BPA to integrate the Klondike III power into its system and serve customers when the project begins commercial operations in late 2007.

For more information, see the October 9 press release listed on the BPA Recent Releases Web page.

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