Tucannon River Wind Farm will be located on 20,000 acres near Dayton, Washington in Columbia County. Scheduled to begin construction in late 2013, the $500 million project will have a total installed capacity of 267 MW, making it PGE’s second largest renewable project. Given the variability of wind, Tucannon River is expected to produce an average of around 101 MW — enough to power the homes of about 84,000 PGE residential customers.
Construction of the project
The project will be built for PGE by general contractor and independent renewable power developer RES Americas Construction Inc. using 116 wind turbines manufactured by Siemens Energy Inc., each with a nameplate generating capacity of 2.3 megawatts.
Timing of construction and project milestones have been structured to enable the project to qualify for federal production tax credits that will reduce the cost of the facility for PGE’s customers by approximately $253 million during the life of the project. The new wind farm is expected to be complete in 2015.
Commitment to community
Tucannon River Wind Farm offers many benefits to the surrounding community including forging new relationships in Washington. An estimated 18 full-time family-wage jobs will be created along with up to 300 construction jobs. Other local benefits include income for businesses, increased county tax revenue and easement payments to landowners.
Diversity of resources
Tucannon River Wind Farm is a key infrastructure investment that supports PGE’s balanced energy portfolio, which includes natural gas, coal, hydro, solar and other renewables. A diverse power mix helps provide reliable, reasonably priced electricity for PGE’s customers.
Tucannon River will help PGE satisfy Oregon’s renewable energy standard, which requires the utility to supply 15 percent of the electricity our customers use from renewable resources by 2015 and 25 percent by 2025.