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Skookumchuck Wind Energy Project

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State:
  • WA
County: Lewis & Thurston
Type of Resource:
  • Wind
Operating Status:
  • Permitting
Project Stage: Development
Capacity: 176 MW
Developers: RES Americas
Partners: Weyerhaeuser; PSE
Locale:

On land owned by Weyerhaeuser north and south of the Skookumchuck Reservoir in Lewis and Thurston counties Washington.

BPA: N
Description:

RES's 180MW Skookumchuck Wind Energy Project is on land owned by Weyerhaeuser near the Skookumchuck Reservoir. The project plans include 38 turbines in Lewis County and 14 in Thurston County, WA.

RES Americas intends to interconnect the project with Puget Sound Energy's transmission system. According to PSE's 2017 IRP. (Appendix D), they have a PPA with Skookumchuck for 130 MW for 20 years. Output will be used to serve their Green Direct subscribers. The project is expected to be operational by the end of 2018.

From The Chronicle:
"The wind turbines would be located on Weyerhaeuser timber lands east and south of Skookumchuck Lake. The proposal by Skookumchuck Wind Energy Project LLC includes a 5-acre operations and maintenance yard, a 15-mile electrical transmission line and access roads. Of the 51 turbines, eight would be located within Thurston County.
The turbines would be built on top of ridges to maximize wind exposure, and including the rotor blades, would be about 499-feet tall. The operations and maintenance yard would be located on Weyerhaeuser-owned property at 16340 Vail Loop Road SE in South Thurston County. A new transmission line to transport electricity to the existing Puget Sound Energy Tono sub-station would be located in Lewis County.
Access to the turbines would be over Weyerhaeuser timber roads. The proposed facility has a capacity of up to 176 megawatts. A memorandum of understanding was approved by Lewis County commissioners Monday, designating Thurston County as the lead agency under SEPA.
Construction is proposed to start in the fall of 2017 and take nine to 15 months to complete, with operations starting Dec. 31, 2018. During construction, about 300 workers would be employed. During operations, about five employees would be needed."
http://www.chronline.com/news/turbine-skookumchuck-wind-energy-project-moves-forward/article_4fe69b7e-b9d0-11e7-84c9-c3d8e2226571.html

Other information from the PSE IRP (2017) and an article in The Olympian on June 29, 2016.
http://www.theolympian.com/news/local/article86670312.html

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