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Resources for Washington

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Annual Wind and Wine Tour

Date: 8/9/2011

Location: Gig Harbor, WA

Contact: Peninsula Light Company

Phone: 253-857-1510

This information was last updated on June 01, 2012

Peninsula Light Company is a locally owned cooperative that provides electricity and water services to over 26,000 members in the Gig Harbor and Key Peninsulas of Western Pierce County in Washington State. Since 2002, Peninsula Light Company has held an annual Wind & Wine Tour for anyone interested in learning more about green power. The website provides a photo gallery and a video of a past tour.

In 2004, the tour visited two wind farms and one hydroelectric dam, so visitors could experience the differences between these two types of power systems. The tour stopped by several local wineries to enjoy wine tastings along the way. Energy Northwest, a public power consortium, owns and operates the Nine Canyon Wind Project in Kennewick; this was the first stop. Next the tour crossed the Columbia River and headed to Walla Walla. While there, guests toured the Stateline Wind Project, owned by Florida Power and Light, the world's largest, privately-owned wind system. The next morning guests visited the Public Market in Walla Walla, and then traveled out of town to the Three Rivers Winery for lunch, a wine tasting and a round of golf. From there, they journeyed on down the Washington side of the Columbia River to the Maryhill Winery and visited the famous Maryhill Museum. That night's accommodations were provided by the Best Western Hotel in Cascade Locks. The last morning of the tour included the Bonneville Dam and a box lunch at Multnomah Falls Park prior to returning home. In 2005, the tour visited the future 67,000 acre site of the White Creek Wind Project (by Last Mile Electric Cooperative) in the Roosevelt/Goldendale area of Klickitat county.

Harvesting Clean Energy

Date: 7/26/2011

Location: WA

This information was last updated on July 26, 2011

Serves as a central information clearinghouse for Washington, Oregon, Montana, and Idaho. Farmers, utilities, consumers, and investors are invited to participate in their Wind Co-op, find contacts, resources, wind project profiles, policies and incentives, and more.

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Wind Power Guidelines

Date: 4/1/2009

Location: WA

This information was last updated on March 29, 2013

In Washington State, the developer of a new wind power generation facility has the option of pursuing a permit through either the local jurisdiction (cities and counties) or the state (Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council).

Compliance with the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) is required for wind energy proposals. Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is considered an agency with environmental expertise through the State Environmental Policy Act and provides review and comments on environmental documents. The permitting authority is responsible for State Environmental Policy Act review before issuing a project permit. However, wind project developers and permitting agencies are encouraged to consult with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife as early as possible in the siting process to discuss the potential environmental impact of the development prior to formal State Environmental Policy Act review. Early consultation with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife can ultimately result in a more efficient review of the proposal with upfront discussion of potential impacts.

The purpose of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Wind Power Guidelines is to provide consistent statewide guidance for the development of land-based wind energy projects that avoid, minimize and mitigate impacts to fish and wildlife habitats in Washington State.

Our Wind Co-op

Date: 3/17/2005

Location: WA

This information was last updated on June 01, 2012

Our Wind Co-op is a unique cooperative investing in small-scale wind turbines for farms, ranches and public and private facilities across the Northwest. Through this collaborative effort, 10-kW turbines are being installed at numerous rural sites serviced by publicly-owned utilities.

Initially supported by grants from the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development program, Our Wind Co-op is creating low-risk opportunities to explore on-farm green power production, distribution, ownership and marketing models to meet local energy needs.

Washington Incentives and Policies for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE Database)

Location: WA

This information was last updated on November 02, 2011

The Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy (DSIRE) is a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility, and selected federal incentives that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency.