In May 2002, RES America Developments, Inc., of which Blue Sky Wind LLC is an affiliate, submitted a transmission interconnection request to BPA for interconnection of 150 MW of the output from the proposed Hopkins Ridge Wind Energy Project (Wind Project) in Columbia County, Wash. The Wind Project is located approximately 10 miles northeast of Dayton, in Columbia County, WA. The interconnection required BPA to construct a new 115-kilovolt (kV) switching substation adjacent to Bonneville Power Administration's (BPA) Walla Walla-North Lewiston 115-kV transmission line, located near the proposed Wind Project. The BPA switching substation is located on a five acre parcel of land currently used for wheat farming, approximately one mile from the Tucannon River.
The proposed action was analyzed and approved by BPA Administrator Steve Wright in a tiered Record of Decision (ROD) to the BPA Business Plan EIS. BPA decided to offer contract terms for interconnection of 150 megawatts (MW) of power from the Hopkins Ridge Wind Energy Project into the Federal Columbia River Transmission System (FCRTS). The decision to offer terms to interconnect the Wind Energy Project is consistent with BPA's Business Plan Final Environmental Impact Statement (BP EIS) (DOE/EIS-0183, June 1995), and the Business Plan Record of Decision (BP ROD, August 1995). Substation construction started in March 2005. The interconnection between the Wind Project substation and the BPA Tucannon River substation was completed on Sept. 23, 2005, enabling BPA to integrate the Hopkins Ridge Wind Energy Project to the FCRTS.
For further information on this project, please contact Kimberly St.Hilaire, BPA Environmental Lead.
Public Letter (12/23/2004)
Fact Sheet (12/13/2004)
Proposal Letter (11/30/2004)
Comment Sheet (11/30/2004)
Project Map (11/23/2004)