New 267 MW Tucannon River Wind Farm Goes Online

Oregon-based utility Portland General Electric Co. (PGE) announced last week that its 267 MW Tucannon River wind farm is officially online in Washington State.

This project, expected to help the utility market meet Oregon’s 15% by 2015 is PGE’s second fully owned and operated large-scale wind project. By 2015, PGE President and CEO Jim Piro expects the 116 turbine farm will help the utility market meet its renewable portfolio standards by 25% in year 2025.

He said, “The Tucannon River Wind Farm is a key infrastructure investment that will serve our customers with clean, renewable energy for decades to come […] Tucannon River supports a balanced, diverse energy portfolio for reliable, reasonably priced power.”

The project is located on 20,000 acres near Dayton, Washington, and the wind farm is providing economic support to the surrounding region, specifically in Columbia County.

The Columbia County chair, Mike Talbott, explained how the project has brought hundreds of construction jobs to the region and now 18 permanent, family-wage positions to the Dayton community. “It’s also bringing income to local businesses and increasing county tax revenue. We’re happy to have PGE in our community,” he said.

Power generated at Tucannon River will be brought to the utility’s customers via a new interconnection at Central Ferry Substation constructed by the Bonneville Power Administration.

To be confident that the wind farm would be fully commissioned and up and running by the first of the year, ComRent worked with the project team to test the 116 turbines with our CR6.0 480VAC 6.0MVA – Resistive / Reactive Load Bank.

Learn more about ComRent’s our experience in the wind energy and alternative power sector, or find out more about our Resistive / Reactive Load Bank Solutions.

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