Portland Eyes Oregon's Largest Wind Farm for 100 Percent Renewable Power

In November of last year, the Portland, Oregon-based PPM Energy, a Scottish Power subsidiary, announced the construction of what will be the state’s largest wind farm. The Klondike III wind project near Wasco, Ore., will use 44 2.3 megawatts (MW) wind turbines and 80 1.5 MW wind turbines to generate an expected 221 MW of electricity. The farm will be located in Sherman County, adjacent to PPM’s existing Klondike I and Klondike II wind power plants. It is expected to be commercially operational sometime this year.

The company is in discussions with a number of entities for the sale of energy and renewable energy credits from the project. Among them is the city of Portland, which is still trying to reach a goal set in 2001 to purchase 100 percent of its electricity load from renewable sources by the year 2010.

The city’s Office of Sustainable Development issued an RFP for a 100 percent renewable electricity product for all municipal electricity in May 2005, and since then, it has been considering various proposals. No decision has been made. The winning proposal would have to provide about 140 million kilowatt-hours from renewable sources in order to meet all of the city’s municipal electricity needs.     EC






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