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PGE completes second phase of Ore. wind farm August 21, 2009

Portland General Electric Co. on Thursday said it has completed the second phase of its nearly $1 billion Biglow Canyon Wind Farm in Sherman County.

The Portland-based electric utility (NYSE: POR) said the second phase’s 65 wind turbines — all manufactured by Siemens Energy — are erect and available to supply power to the electricity grid.

CEO Jim Piro said the second phase of the project near Wasco, Ore., finished on time and within budget.

The project’s first $255 million phase was completed in 2007 with 76 turbines and an installed capacity of 125 megawatts of electricity. Phase two brings the project’s total capacity to 275 megawatts. A third phase with 76 turbines is scheduled to be operating next year.

The second and third phases have a combined cost of between $700 million and $800 million.

If the plant were able to generate constantly at capacity, it would be capable of producing 450mw of electricity. But because wind is variable, PGE estimates it will produce an average of 150 mw at any given time, or enough to power about 125,000 of the utility’s average residential customers.

The Biglow Canyon project was developed by Orion Energy LLC, but is being built by PGE, which will also own and operate it. The electrical infrastructure for the project was constructed by Avon, Minn.-based D.H. Blattner and Sons Inc.

Portland Business Journal – http://portland.bizjournals.com/portland/stories/2009/08/17/daily51.html

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