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Hundreds Attend Phase I Groundbreaking Celebration
(From left) Garfield County Commissioner Bob Johnson; Pomeroy Mayor Alan Gould; Jay Takemura, PSE environmental and communications coordinator for Garfield County; PSE President Kimberly Harris; Garfield County Commission Chairman Dean Burton; and Garfield County Commissioner Wynne McCabe cut a ribbon to commemorate the start of construction on Phase I of PSE’s Lower Snake River Wind Project.
More than 300 local residents and elected officials joined Puget Sound Energy recently in Pomeroy at a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the start of construction on Phase I of PSE’s Lower Snake River Wind Project.
The Sept. 30 festivities at the Garfield County Fairgrounds included a barbecue luncheon and a performance by the Pomeroy High School pep band. Windsocks decorated by the Pomeroy Elementary School fourth- and fifth-grade classes were on display throughout the venue.
The event’s speakers – Garfield County Commissioner Dean Burton, Pomeroy Mayor Alan Gould, and PSE President Kimberly Harris
addressed the audience from a “stage” crafted
atop the bed of a 1934 Ford truck, on loan from the Eastern Washington Agricultural Museum.
“Garfield County, for a number of years, has
harvested wheat and barley,” Commissioner Burton told the midday crowd. “Now, we’re going to harvest something else – the wind.”
PSE began work on Phase I last spring near Pomeroy. Through the end of 2010, PSE and our contractors will continue to build access roads and construct wind-turbine foundations throughout the project site. Wind-turbine installation for Phase I is scheduled to begin in 2011, with the 149 Siemens Energy turbines scheduled to generate 343 megawatts - enough power to serve 100,000 homes - in mid-2012.
Along with providing clean, renewable energy, Phase I brings both temporary and permanent jobs, new tax revenue, and a new source of business activity and income for the local community.
Winter 2010 | Phone 509-382-2043 (Dayton) or 509-843-5062 (Pomeroy) | PSE.com