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White Creek Wind Project


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  • 1. White Creek Wind Project Tom Svendsen Retired General Manager Klickitat PUD Community –Based Energy Development CERTs February 10, 2009 Saint Cloud, Minnesota
  • 2. Renewable Portfolio Standards RENEWABLE RESOURCES: Wind, Solar, Wave, Tidal, Ocean Thermal, Geothermal, Biomass, Biodiesel Fuel, Landfill Gas
  • 3. WASHINGTON Energy Independence Act RCW 19.285 Requires Large Utilities (those serving more than 25,000 customers) to obtain a portion of electricity from renewable resources. 3% by 2012 9% by 2016 12% by 2020
  • 4. OREGON Renewable Energy Act ORS 261 Requires Large Utilities (those selling more than 3% of all electricity sold to retail consumers) to obtain a portion of electricity from renewable resources. 5% by 2011 15% by 2015 20% by 2020 25% by 2025
  • 5. Tanner Electric Cooperative Lakeview Light & Power Cowlitz PUD White Creek Wind Project Klickitat PUD
  • 6. Project Description Locale: 10,000 acres under lease in Klickitat County near Roosevelt, Washington on the north side of the Columbia River. Habitat for coyotes, deer, porcupines, badgers and rattlesnakes….. and wind turbines!
  • 7. Capacity: • 205 MW; annual average output of 68MW • Sufficient for energizing 38,000 homes Turbines: • 89 Siemens 2.3MW wind turbines • Tower height - 263 ft. • Tower base diameter - 16 ft. • Blade length - 150 ft. • Ground to highest blade tip - 415 ft. • Nacelle - 90 tons • Cone - 5 tons
  • 8. Construction Statistics: • 15 months • 14 contractors/subcontractors performed the work • 250 employees • 300 cubic yards of concrete for each turbine foundation • Excavation depth to 25 ft. for soil foundations beneath concrete • Improvements to 11 miles of county road and one state highway intersection • 33 miles of fiber optic and electrical cable • 14 miles of transmission line • 2 substations totaling 1800MW capacity • $1.5 million operation and maintenance building Cost: $364,000,000.
  • 9. Project Development, Financing & Completion Project Development Team White Creek Project LLC White Creek Public LLC Lakeview Power & Light Tanner Electric Cooperative Cowlitz PUD Klickitat PUD
  • 10. How Did We Do It? Involved: 11 Law Firms 13 Financial Institutions 7 Financial Advisors 5 Engineering, Environmental & Permitting Firms 14 Construction-Related Contractors 5 Land Owners
  • 11. Documents 26 Federal, State and County Permits 623 Certificates relating to mechanical, electrical, foundations, completion and commissioning of each power plant 457 Contracts and related documents at closing
  • 12. Development Process Corporate and financial complexity was a significant challenge • Structural: PUDs and Co-Ops with statutory limitations • Financial: Utility balance sheets, debt structure and rating, bonding capability, project output to load vs. resale • Management Utility General Managers o Boards of Commissioners o Law Firms o Financial Advisors o
  • 13. Siemens Power Institutional Construction Generation, Inc. Investors Lender Loan/Security Agreements Turbine Service Agreement Equity Contribution Agreement Service & Maintenance Agreement Klickitat PUD RES America BPA BOP Contract Construction, Inc. Interconnection Agreements WHITE CREEK WIND I, LLC Prudential, Lehman, Summit O&M Agreement North American Energy Services Energy Purchase Agreement Asset Purchase Option Agreement Parent Corporate Guaranties Stand-by Turbine Purchase & Sale Agreement Cowlitz PUD Lakeview Klickitat PUD Klickitat PUD Tanner LL&P Wind Cowlitz PUD Energy, Inc. Tanner Wind Energy, Inc.
  • 14. Tom Svendsen Retired General Manager Klickitat PUD