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RNP Press Release
September 20, 1995

Group Applauds Utilities' Commitment to Wind Project

regional advocacy organization today cheered the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), PacifiCorp, and the Eugene Water and Electric Board’s (EWEB) commitment to the region’s first commercial-scale wind energy project. A letter, signed by the parties today, allows the Foote Creek Rim wind project, located in Carbon County, Wyoming, to move forward.

“This is a green-letter day for the region,” stated Rachel Shimshak, director of Renewable Northwest, a regional organization promoting environmentally responsible renewable energy resources, based in Portland, Oregon. “BPA, PacifiCorp, and EWEB have demonstrated their leadership and made an investment for our future by committing to this wind project. The Wyoming project represents a meaningful step toward a clean energy future for the region -- one that will help maintain our quality of life in the Northwest,” she added.
BPA, PacifiCorp, and EWEB signed a letter of agreement today to move forward on one of the renewable pilot projects called for in the Northwest Power Planning Council’s 1991 power plan. BPA has already signed a contract for the Newberry geothermal project. The goal of the Council’s confirmation agenda is to gain experience and capability with wind, solar, and geothermal resources to position the region to use them in the future. The project, to be installed by KENETECH Wind power, will be 68 megawatts in size. The participants in the project include BPA, PacifiCorp, EWEB, Tri-State Generation and Transmission, and the Public Service Company of Colorado. Construction on the site could begin this autumn, with operations slated for late 1996.
“This project will be good for both the environment and the economy,” stated Shimshak. “These days you can’t get much better than that.”
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For more information contact:
Rachel Shimshak, Director
Renewable Northwest Project
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