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The first wind turbines erected for the second phase of Portland General Electric Co.'s (PGE) Biglow Canyon Wind Farm have begun generating electricity and supplying power on the Pacific Northwest's electricity grid.

"This major capital investment is moving forward on time and on budget," says Jim Piro, PGE president and CEO. "Our customers place a high priority on renewable power, and Biglow Canyon is an important step toward helping PGE meet Oregon's renewable energy standard."

Each of the new turbines will be capable of generating up to 2.3 MW, bringing Biglow Canyon's combined installed capacity to nearly 275 MW by the end of this year. A third phase with another 76 turbines is slated for commercial operation in 2010, which will bring the wind farm to a combined installed capacity of 450 MW.

The Biglow Canyon Wind Farm, located near Wasco in Sherman County, Ore., was developed by Orion Energy LLC. It is being built by PGE, which will also own and operate the wind farm.

SOURCE: Portland General Electric Co.

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