January 2001 - PacifiCorp Power Marketing, Inc. (PPM), a non-regulated subsidiary of ScottishPower, and FPL Energy, LLC, a subsidiary of FPL Group, announced an agreement to develop and market power from a 300-MW wind plant along the Washington-Oregon border that will be the world's largest single wind energy development. FPL Energy will build, own and operate the new wind farm and PPM will purchase and market the entire output of the project over a 25-year period.
Through proposed agreements with Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) and other utilities, PPM will use hydropower resources to "shape" the wind energy into firm green energy products and market them throughout the western region. The power will be moved over transmission lines owned by BPA and PacifiCorp. PPM is also in discussions with BPA to purchase up to 40% of the output from the project to serve BPA customers.
Both Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber and Washington Governor Gary Locke welcomed the Stateline Wind Generating Project as an environmentally sound solution to meet growing electricity needs in the region.
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