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RNP Press Release
March 19, 1998

Renewable Energy Advocacy Group Bestows Award for Wind Energy Project

Renewable Northwest has announced three winners of the group’s first-ever Clean Energy Award.

The regional renewable energy advocacy group recognized Dennis Steinberg of PacifiCorp, Ken Beeson of the Eugene Water and Electric Board and George Darr of the Bonneville Power Administration for their work on the Wyoming Wind Energy Project. Located on blustery Foote Creek Rim between Laramie and Rawlins, the project will be home to 69 wind energy turbines capable of generating up to 41.4 megawatts of electricity. That’s enough power to serve 15,000 to 20,000 customers.
Rachel Shimshak, director of Renewable Northwest, said her organization wanted to formally recognize the extraordinary efforts made to launch the commercial-scale wind energy project. “It’s the first time we’ve ever done this,” said Shimshak of the awards. “The leadership and perseverance of these three individuals really made it happen.”
Since 1993, Renewable Northwest has worked with utilities, BPA and policy makers to move away from fossil fuels toward a more sustainable energy system. The group’s board of directors consists of environmentalists, consumer groups and energy developers.
PacifiCorp owns 80 percent of the $60 million Wyoming Wind Energy Project, and EWEB owns the rest. BPA will buy 15 megawatts of the plant’s output and PacifiCorp and EWEB will buy the remaining 26 megawatts of power. The 69 wind Turbines are expected to begin generating electricity by late 1998 or early 1999.
Oregon Senator Ron Wyden saluted the award winners in the Senate Congressional Record. “Their commitment marks the dawn of a new industry for the Northwest, and a substantial contribution to a sustainable future for us and our children.”
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For more information contact:
Rachel Shimshak, Director
Renewable Northwest Project
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