PGE buys development rights to Dayton-area windfarm

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DAYTON — Portland General Electric has completed its purchase of development rights for the Lower Snake River Wind Project Phase II.

The company announced completion of the sale this morning from Puget Sound Energy and said it will rename the project the Tucannon River Wind Farm.

In total, PGE plans to spend $500 million building a 267 megawatt wind farm, including the cost of acquiring development rights from Puget Sound Energy, according to Brianne Hyder, a PGE spokeswoman.

To be eligible for a federal renewable energy production credit, the project will have to break ground before the end of the year.

The 20,000-acre wind farm will sit mostly in Columbia County outside of Dayton, with some transmission structures in Garfield County. In total, the company will install 116 Siemens turbines and hopes to have the project online in the first half of 2015.

Columbia County Planner Kim Lyonnais said his office has been talking to building officials about footings and foundations for the turbines. With the sale closed, he hopes to begin reviewing and analyzing security and access plans by next week.

“There’s a huge spreadsheet of to-dos, Lyonnais said. “In the first four, five months, we’ll be hopping.”

Rachel Alexander can be reached at rachelalexander@wwub.com or 509-526-8363.

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History of the Lower Snake River Wind Project

Portland General Electric finalized the purchase of development rights for the Lower Snake River Wind Project Phase II on August 2, 2013.

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