Ready to Harvest Wind
Wind power is a complementary crop for the region to harvest that has little impact on existing agriculture and other land uses. Phase I of the Lower Snake River Wind Project will be built on nearly 40,000 acres of leased farmland. More than 98 percent of the land will remain available for crops once the wind facility enters operation, with farmers receiving payments for participating in the project.
Visitors to PSE’s Dayton office during October’s “Dayton on Tour” no doubt noticed the impressive, wind-themed mural on display. Missed the tour? Not to worry – the mural is now a permanent fixture in the office’s conference room, so stop in for a view.
PSE enlisted the artistic talents of Dayton High School students to paint the 4-by-7-foot mural, themed “wind and agriculture.” For inspiration, Debbie Baxter’s fourth-period art class was invited to tour and photograph PSE’s Hopkins Ridge Wind Facility. After comparing many pictures, Isaiah Lambert’s photo was selected for the final design. The students then worked together to fill in all 28 squares to create a beautiful mural depicting wind turbines and wheat beneath a blue sky.
“The class thoroughly enjoyed their experience, from touring and photographing the wind turbines to creating the paintings,” Baxter said. “The area was incredible and the wind turbines
Student Art Adorns PSE’s Dayton Office
(Left) Dayton High School students’ “wind and agriculture” mural now hangs in PSE’s Dayton office.
were impressive and very interesting. It was very gratifying to see the pride that the students took in their work. We’d like to thank PSE and Anne Walsh for her time and efforts putting it all together.”
New this year for “Dayton on Tour” was the Blue Sky Fun kite contest, sponsored by PSE. Students from the Dayton, Starbuck, and Pomeroy school districts (and one student from Spokane) submitted more than 40 kites and 50 windsocks. Entries were judged on artistic and creative design.
First place went to Caleb Breaux from Dayton, second place went to Brooklyn Butler from Spokane, and Dayton’s Melody Reeves placed third. Starbuck students won the “School Participation Award.” The first-, second-, and third-place winners received a $75, $50 and $25 prize, respectively, along with a free tour of PSE’s Hopkins Ridge Wind Facility.
Meet Our Team
Jamie Carothers joined PSE in July 2009 as office administrator for our Pomeroy office. Jamie’s husband, Tom Fitzsimmons, is the latest of several generations of Fitzsimmons
to farm in Pomeroy.
Editor: What are your thoughts on wind power and the Lower Snake River Wind Project?
Jamie: Wind power and dry-land wheat farming in Garfield County are a good match. For the most part, farmers embrace change and this can be a great addition to family farm income.
Editor: What has it been like working for PSE?
Jamie: I love working at PSE with all the great people. And I enjoy working with the landowners and helping the Lower
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Construction Begins on New O&M Building
Artist’s rendering of the future Pomeroy O&M building. The facility is scheduled to be completed in fall 2011.
A new operations and maintenance (O&M) facility for the Lower Snake River Wind Project will soon start taking shape on about nine acres of land PSE purchased just west of downtown Pomeroy along Falling Springs Road.
The 15,000-square-foot building will include office space, equipment storage, and parking. The facility will house as many as 25 permanent employees from PSE and Siemens Energy, the wind-turbine manufacturer for Phase I of the project. Siemens employees will be responsible
for all maintenance of the wind turbines, while PSE’s staff will manage wind-power production and transmission once the wind turbines go online.
Grading and site preparation for the O&M facility began in October. The facility is scheduled to be completed by fall 2011. The Pomeroy O&M building contract has been awarded to Opp & Siebold, a building contractor based in Walla Walla.
Snake River development and construction team.
attend WSU Cougar football games and look forward to better days ahead for the Cougs.
Editor: What do you like to do in your free time?
Editor: What would readers be surprised to learn about you?
Jamie: Since moving to Pomeroy, I have become active in the local book club and Seeley Theatre restoration project. We are working to have the Seeley restored by her 100th anniversary in 2013. Tom and I also
Jamie: I majored in geography at CSU-Chico. I love maps and GIS! And, my friend Marcia keeps trying to teach me to knit. However, my knitting project frightens me. I am now going to try looming socks. Wish me luck!
Columbia County Permit Now Final
PSE now has final permits for future phases of the Lower Snake River Wind Project in both Garfield and Columbia counties. Columbia County recently issued its permit based on extensive, well- founded analyses that weighed the project’s many benefits with its impacts.
The Lower Snake River Wind Project has benefited from open dialogue between PSE and the community. Going forward, we remain open to further community interaction and conversation about our operations and our plans for serving this region. PSE will consider regulatory requirements, energy- market conditions and our customers’ energy needs in deciding how best to optimize the development of additional phases of the project.