Wind Energy Company Opening Pomeroy Office
KLEW TV, March 13, 2009
POMEROY - The company looking to create wind farms in Garfield County takes another step forward. Puget Sound Energy has signed a lease to open an office in Pomeroy.
PSE expects to occupy the office space, formerly used by the Associated Agency Group, later this spring. The facility is being refurbished in part with support from local Pomeroy businesses including Herres Enterprises LLC as general contractor and Flynn's Electric, LLC as electrical subcontractor.
The company already has an office in Dayton.
The move is to help facilitate what is being called the Lower Snake River Wind Energy Project. The new office will oversee project planning, permitting and community relations in support of the project.
Last month the Southeast Washington Economic Development Association and Pomeroy Chamber of Commerce hosted am open house to talk about wind potential in the area.
PSE officials said the new office in Pomeroy will create new "green" jobs. The company already has a wind farm in Columbia County, the Hopkins Ridge Wind Facility.
The project proposed for Garfield County calls for approximately 800 Megawatts of wind energy generated by approximately 444 wind turbines.
"PSE's new Pomeroy office is what 'green jobs' are all about, with Garfield County being at the forefront of greater energy independence for America and new economic opportunities," said Stephanie Newberg, president of the Pomeroy Chamber of Commerce. "Opening an office, hiring people and producing clean energy are all good for the community, local businesses and the environment."
"This is an exciting time for PSE and Pomeroy, with wind projects bringing a new source of income that is a great fit with agriculture," said Jay Takemura, the utility's newly named Project Coordinator. "As a long-time farmer myself, I know how important the revenue from wind power will be to local families and businesses, and how that cash-flow will help the community as a whole."
Takemura will manage the utility's Pomeroy office, and expects to be hiring an office assistant. Additionally, the office will be the workplace for other employees of PSE and of RES Americas involved in the Lower Snake River project.
In February 2009, the Southeast Washington Economic Development Association and Pomeroy Chamber of Commerce held a wind energy open house at the Pomeroy High School attended by some 150 area residents interested in learning about the economic impact of wind power.
The Lower Snake River project is designed to be built in phases, with construction on support infrastructure targeted to begin in 2010.
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