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Puget Sound Energy and Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. (RES Americas) have filed a conditional use permit (CUP) application in Garfield County, Wash. The permit application follows a December 2008 agreement between the two companies to develop and construct the Lower Snake River Wind Energy Project.

"Wind power brings a proven boost to the local economy and is a great fit with wheat and grain farming in the area," says Anne Walsh, senior project manager at PSE's Dayton, Wash., office. "PSE and RES Americas look forward to working with the community to create new wind facilities that will create jobs, increase tax revenues and drive diverse business opportunities to Pomeroy, Dayton and the region."

According to the CUP filing, the Lower Snake River Wind Energy Project is expected to produce up to 1,250 MW of wind energy in the region, with an anticipated 800 MW generated by approximately 440 turbines in Garfield County and an anticipated 450 MW generated by approximately 250 turbines in Columbia County.

Final energy capacity and turbine layouts will be determined through the state and county permitting processes and complete evaluation of the available wind resources and environmental impacts. The project is designed to be built in phases, with construction on support infrastructure targeted to begin in 2010.

Garfield County officials will lead the CUP and state environmental impact statement processes. PSE and RES Americas expect to file a CUP application in Columbia County later in 2009.

SOURCE: Puget Sound Energy

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