The big blades are heading east

By on Sunday, June 30th, 2019 in Local News

Photo provided by Port of Vancouver USA

VANCOUVER, Washington – The Port of Vancouver received the largest single shipment of 198 wind turbine blades on a single ship last week and now they will make their way to eastern Washington.

“For our customers and communities – a big and powerful step forward to a clean energy future,” PacifiCorp Managing Director of Renewable Energy Tim Hemstreet said.

The delivery is part of a joint effort between blade manufacturer Vestas and project owner PacifiCorp. The special repowering blades will increase production at PacifiCorp’s Marengo Wind Project near Dayton, Washington.

The Marengo Wind Project currently generates enough renewable energy to supply 53,000 average Northwest residences annually. The large blades and advanced technology will allow each turbine to generate over 35 percent more energy—helping to power 72,000 homes a year with the same wind fleet and amount of wind.

PacifiCorp said the arrival of the new wind turbine is part of its $3.1 billion Energy Vision 2020 plan, which the company said will support local economies and bring jobs to rural communities.  According to PacifiCorp, with the longer blades and new technology, Marengo’s turbines will generate more energy, more efficiently to power even more homes with renewable energy.

The 198 blades, each measuring 161 feet in length, were manufactured in and shipped from Italy.

“The arrival of this shipment and its 198 blades represent the significant supply chain industry and jobs created and supported by the wind energy economy,” said Vestas North America President Chris Brown.  “We’re proud to partner with PacifiCorp and the port to bring more wind energy benefits to Washington.”

The blades will be transported by truck to the Marengo Wind Facility over the next few months.