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PGE Brings First Turbines Online at Biglow Canyon Wind Farm

Portland General Electric Company (PGE) announced today its Biglow Canyon Wind Farm began generating electricity this week as the first several wind turbines on PGE's first, wholly owned and operated wind farm began supplying power on the Pacific Northwest's electricity grid. Phase one of the Biglow Project is on track for completion by the end of this year, and will comprise 76 turbines with an installed capacity of 125 megawatts of electricity - enough to power about 34,000 homes.

This landmark installation includes the community "signature" turbine blade, which was on display and signed by hundreds of wind power advocates and PGE renewable power customers at PGE's Road to Biglow event at the World Trade Center in Portland, Ore., in August. The signature turbine blade is expected to go online later this month.

"PGE is committed to meeting our customers' energy needs in an increasingly sustainable way and Biglow Canyon will help us to do just that," said Jim Lobdell, vice president, power operations and resources strategy. "Renewable power sources such as Biglow Canyon are an important part of PGE's diverse mix of resources and key to our strategy for meeting demand, protecting the environment and keeping prices reasonable - all of which are essential to Oregon's energy future."

Biglow Canyon Wind Farm, located near Wasco in Sherman County, Ore., is PGE's newest renewable energy project and is expected to ultimately be one of the largest wind power facilities in the region. When all three phases of the project are completed, PGE expects the wind farm to have between 400 and 450 megawatts of installed capacity, enough to power about 100,000 homes.

The wind farm also is expected to create jobs, provide income for local businesses, generate future tax revenues, and provide easement payments to landowners.

The Biglow Canyon project was developed by Orion Energy LLC and will be built, owned and operated by PGE.

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