November 11, 2008

PSE Places Order for 22 Wind Turbines With Vestas

Puget Sound Energy has placed an order for 22 wind turbine generators with Vestas for the proposed expansion of the utility's Wild Horse wind and solar facility in the State of Washington, US.

Delivery of the turbines and initial construction, after all approvals are received, is slated for mid-2009, with entry into commercial service by late 2009. The turbine order accounts for the major portion of the proposed $100 million project.

In addition to the turbine order, the Kittitas County Board of Commissioners have voted at a public hearing to approve the expansion plan as a modification to the original 2005 site development agreement with the county.

The planned expansion will result in 149 turbines and a capacity of 269MW at Wild Horse, well within the original development agreement limits of 158 turbines and 312MW of generation capacity. Currently, the wind facility has 127 turbines capable of producing 229MW of electricity.

Kimberly Harris, executive vice president and chief resource officer for Puget Sound Energy (PSE), said: "We are pleased to be in a position to move forward with the Vestas turbine order. The turbines have proven themselves at our Wild Horse and Hopkins Ridge facilities in providing a reliable source of clean, renewable energy. Building on the success of Wild Horse makes sense for our customers, and for the economy of the Kittitas Valley."