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Wind for fish secures first customer
1 March 1999
A green pricing program that funnels part of its proceeds into fish and wildlife restoration programs has secured its first customer. Snohomish Public Utility District No. 1 in Everett, Washington, has signed up to buy 10 MW of certified wind and hydroelectric power from the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), a federal power marketing agency. The contract runs from September 1, 1999, to September 30, 2001, says BPA's Crystal Ball. The power will be generated from three wind turbines recently added to the 41 MW Wyoming Wind Project of Mitsubishi turbines, owned by PacifiCorp and the Eugene Water & Electric Board, as well as a small BPA hydro plant in Idaho. Under the program, the Bonneville Environmental Foundation-consisting of three environmental groups and BPA-must approve the power before it can be certified (Windpower Monthly, September 1998). "We use the certification as a marketing tool to purchase more expensive but environmentally friendly resources," says Ball. She declines to disclose the cost of the power, which will be sold at a premium price
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