The final phase of Portland General Electric Co.'s (PGE) Biglow Canyon Wind Farm is complete. All 217 turbines of the project are available to generate power for PGE customers. Biglow Canyon represents PGE's largest renewable project, with a total installed capacity of 450 MW. Given the variability of wind power, the plant is expected to produce an average of approximately 150 MW, according to the company.
The $1 billion project, located on 25,000 acres near Wasco in Sherman County, Ore., was built in three phases. Phase I, completed in December 2007, is comprises of 76 Vestas wind turbines and has an installed capacity of 125 MW. Phase II, comprising of 65 Siemens wind turbines with an installed capacity of approximately 150 MW, was completed and placed in service in August 2009. The final phase of the project, completed in August, added an additional 76 Siemens wind turbines and installed capacity of 175 MW to the project.
The Biglow Canyon project was developed by Orion Energy LLC and built, owned and operated by PGE.
In addition to providing carbon-free and emissions-free generation of electric power, the wind farm creates jobs, provides income for local businesses, generates tax revenues for local government, and proves easement payments to landowners, according to PGE.
SOURCE: Portland General Electric Co.