Benton PUD invested in wind energy projects - Energy Northwest's Nine Canyon Wind Project and Klickitat PUD's White Creek Wind Project - to meet the mandates imposed by the Energy Independence Act (Initiative 937). The EIA mandates that 3% in 2012; 9% in 2016 and 15% in 2002 come from renewable sources (not counting hydro power).
Energy Northwest's Nine Canyon Wind Project is located in south-central Washington just south of Kennewick on 5,120 acres. It has 63 wind turbines with a maximum generating potential of 95.9 megawatts. Full power generation is achieved at about 35 miles per hour.
Energy Northwest's Nine Canyon Wind Project
Klickitat PUD's White Creek Wind Project is located in the Columbia River Gorge on 9,500 acres of ranch land, 21 miles east of Goldendale. It has 89 wind turbines with the total capacity of 205 megawatts with a projected annual output of 68 average megawatts. Each 2.3 megawatt wind turbine is 262 feet tall with 141 feet long blades. The project produces enough clean, renewable energy to meet the needs of 38,000 Pacific Northwest residents.
Klickitat PUD's White Canyon Wind Project
Did you know?
- Iowa generates 31% of its electricity from wind power. Washington state ranks 9th for installed wind capacity which is about 3,000 megawatts. [source: American Wind Energy Association]
- The Nine Canyon Wind Project is located in south-central Washington just south of Kennewick. Constructed in three phases between 2002 and 2007, the project includes 63 wind turbines with a maximum generating potential of 95.9 megawatts of electricity. [source: Energy Northwest]
- Each turbine at Nine Canyon consists of a tubular steel tower and three giant turbine blades attached to a rotor. A nacelle atop the tower houses a generator, gearbox and braking mechanisms. Each turbine is self-starting and begins generating electricity when wind speed reaches eight miles per hour. Generation increases as the wind speed increases, with full power achieved at about 35 miles per hour. [source: Energy Northwest]
- Benton County PUD built an electrical substation at the site, along with the transmission lines that tie the project into the existing Bonneville Power Administration transmission system.