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RNP Press Release
July 12, 1995

Advocates applaud utility commitment to renewable energy

A regional coalition of environmental groups and energy developers applauded the July 11, 1995 vote of the Snohomish Public Utility District (SnoPUD) Commissioners to move forward on investing in a wind energy project in the Columbia Gorge. The Commissioners adopted an unanimous recommendation of their Citizens’ Advisory Committee, and directed their staff to negotiate a contract with KENETECH Wind power for 10 aMW of energy from the Columbia Hills wind project.

“Commissioners Vaughn and Moon demonstrated their leadership on clean energy with this vote,” said Rachel Shimshak, director of Renewable Northwest. “SnoPUD has not only listened to its customers, but made a solid business decision that will diversify its energy mix, and help the region build a sustainable energy future, she added.
SnoPUD Commissioners voted on actions related to a resource plan which contains 100 MW of power purchases, 50 MW of contingency resources, 10 aMW of wind energy and a small hydroelectric project. With their wind investment, SnoPUD will join Portland General Electric and PacifiCorp as participants in the 67 MW Columbia Hills project.
Renewable Northwest is a regional organization that promotes the implementation of environmentally sound, workable renewable projects in the region.
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For more information contact:
Rachel Shimshak, Director
Renewable Northwest Project
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