In response to a request for proposals issued earlier this year, the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) has selected proposals for 7 wind projects in Washington and Oregon with a combined capacity of 830 MW. The agency plans to enter into predevelopment agreements with the project developers, but will assess the environmental impacts of the projects before signing final power purchase contracts. The average first-year cost of the wind power is expected to be less than $30 per megawatt-hour.
BPA announced earlier that it is pursuing wind projects, in part, because they are "highly desirable to buyers of green power." BPA currently supplies green power blends of wind and small hydro to about 10 wholesale customers, primarily municipal and rural electric cooperatives in the Pacific Northwest.
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