In a stark warning, the Geneva, Switzerland-based World Wildlife Fund said the worst effects of global warming could be avoided by beginning a "wholesale shift from fossil fuels" within five years, according to a Reuters story by Laura MacInnis distributed by the Environmental News Network (via Sustainability in Hawai'i). The group called for a coordinated effort by governments to set national targets for increasing clean alternative energy sources like wind and solar (more info on such a U.S. proposal here).
Klickitat County Bickleton Carousel Museum
PPM Energy MSR Public Power Agency BPA
Jan Johnson, PPM Energy, (503) 796-7070, firstname.lastname@example.org
Julie Yamamoto, CMD for PPM Energy, (503) 488-4289, email@example.com
May 15, 2007
Big Horn Wind Power Project Celebrates Partners for a Powerful Future
Energy industry leaders, community members and schoolchildren dedicate new wind farm on May 21
Big Horn Wind Power Project
Energy leaders, schoolchildren and the community will gather in the rolling wheat fields and ranch lands of Bickleton, Wash., to dedicate the Northwest's newest wind farm. The Big Horn Wind Power Project is one of the region's largest wind farms and a model for sensitive land use and conservation. Along with more than 500 community members, a live golden eagle, red-tailed hawk and other rehabilitated raptors used in educational programs at wind farms will join in the celebration.
Monday, May 21, 2007
10:30 a.m.: Speaker program begins
11:30 a.m.: Picnic lunch, wind turbine tours for the public and a special encounter with several live raptors
Bickleton, Wash., a three-hour drive east of Portland, Ore.
See directions in Logistics section below.
With 133 turbines and a 200-megawatt (MW) capacity, the Big Horn Wind Power Project is one of the largest wind power developments in the state of Washington and the Columbia River Gorge region. Big Horn produces enough clean wind electricity to power about 60,000 homes each year. In addition, economic and environmental benefits include the following:
An infusion of jobs and economic activity to a rural town of 90 people
Wheat farmers and ranchers get a boost through land lease payments, while 98 percent of the leased land remains available for traditional uses.
PPM Energy sponsored the local high school shop class to build and place 250 bluebird boxes in the region. Bickleton is known as the "Bluebird Capital of the World," and the birds are a source of local pride and tourism.
455 scenic acres are set aside as a long-term wildlife habitat conservation area
Rachel Shimshak, Renewable Northwest Project
Ty Daul, PPM Energy
Allen Short, MSR Public Power Agency
Brian Silverstein, Bonneville Power Administration
U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington by special video message
Local and state representatives
Huge American flag mounted on an 80-meter-tall white wind turbine
Live raptors with Blue Mountain Wildlife and PPM staff. Birds that have been rehabilitated at the center play a major role in wildlife training for wind farm employees. Experts will be available to interview on this topic.
Bluebird boxes for two species of bluebirds thriving in and around the site through a joint effort by PPM Energy and the community of Bickleton. Interview community leaders and schoolchildren who built the bluebird boxes.
Learn about 455 scenic acres set aside to conserve wildlife habitat.
Attendance is expected to top 500 people as the surrounding community and all school children in the county will be present.
Print-quality images of the Big Horn Wind Power Project and b-roll of the local school's bluebird box program are available in advance from Julie Yamamoto, CMD for PPM Energy, (503) 223-6794, firstname.lastname@example.org.