Target: Governor of Washington, Christine Gregoire
Goal: Commend the energy companies responsible for the completion of the new Palouse Wind project.
An independent U.S. energy company, First Wind, along with Avista Utilities, recently announced that construction of a new eastern Washington wind farm has been completed and commercial operations have begun. The 105 MW plant, known as Palouse Wind project, has the capacity to generate renewable energy for approximately 30,000 homes. Applaud the joint effort of these companies to bring new, emissions-free energy production to Washington.
The new site is comprised of 58 state of the art Vestas 1.8 MW turbines. The Whitman County installation is situated between the town of Oakesdale and State Route 195 on the hills surrounding Naff Ridge. This is a perfect location for the turbines to take advantage of the prevailing Southwest wind, given the elevation and geographic orientation of the area. Economic impacts of the new wind farm are numerous: During the construction phase, it pumped $25 million of direct spending through the regional economy. Over 600 different contract employees logged work on the project, which had an average of 210 laborers at peak construction. Additionally, now that Palouse Wind is operational, Whitman County will receive approximately $12 million over the next 12 years in property tax revenues, enabling the county to enhance local services, boost schools, and make road repairs.
First Wind, the developer of the wind project, is now selling the clean power generated to Avista Utilities, further enhancing the power group’s diverse resource portfolio. President of Avista Utilities, Dennis Vermillion, said, “Palouse Wind will help us continue to provide our customers with renewable energy at some of the lowest prices in the country, while benefitting the local economy with jobs and tax revenues.” Avista provides power to many northwestern customers in areas of Washington, Idaho, and Oregon.
The Palouse Wind installation benefits the regional economy and will prevent the unnecessary emission of carbon dioxide and other pollutants into the atmosphere year after year. The efforts of the companies who brought about this change should receive recognition. Sign this petition to urge Washington Governor Christine Gregoire to commend First Energy and Avista Utilities for their joint action to protect our environment through the production of renewable energy.
Dear Governor Gregoire,
A new wind installation known as Palouse Wind farm has recently been completed in eastern Washington. The new 105 MW plant has the capacity to supply clean, renewable energy to approximately 30,000 homes. The project also benefits the regional economy of Whitman County with its creation of jobs and the tax revenues it provides. The plant was developed by an independent U.S. energy company, First Energy, in cooperation with Avista Utilities, the company which is now distributing the power generated by the wind farm.
The efforts of First Energy and Avista Utilities are invaluable to Whitman County’s economy and the whole of Washington’s environment. The emissions-free power generated from the new plant will help avoid thousands of tons of carbon pollutants into the atmosphere over its lifetime. I urge you to commend First Energy and Avista Utilities for their dedicated work to provide energy solutions and keep our environment safe.
[Your Name Here]
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