PSE is an integral part of the community in Columbia and Garfield counties. In addition to creating good jobs and clean energy, we provide substantial tax revenue for local schools and public services, and we support local charitable organizations.
Just the facts
- Hopkins Ridge and Lower Snake River together produce more than 1.3 million megawatt-hours of electricity annually. That is enough to meet the yearly electricity needs of about 140,000 homes.
- When the winds are strong enough for Hopkins Ridge and Lower Snake River to produce electricity at peak capacity, their 236 wind turbines can meet the power needs of about 375,000 homes.
- Hopkins Ridge is built on 11,000 acres of leased farmland. Our Lower Snake River wind farm spans more than 21,000 acres of leased property. More than 98 percent of the wind farms’ acreage – primarily wheat fields and grazing lands – is available for agricultural purposes.
- PSE has developed a program that allows hunting and other recreational activities, with written permission, within the boundaries of the two wind farms.
- Hopkins Ridge is home to several homestead-era historic sites, including relics of farm buildings and the Turner Cemetery, which date back to the 1800s.
- The rotor diameter of the wind turbines at our Hopkins Ridge and Lower Snake River wind farms are larger than the wingspan of a Boeing 747.
- Construction of the projects created hundreds of temporary jobs and, following their completions, approximately 50 permanent, family-wage jobs at the energy facilities.
- Our Hopkins Ridge Wind Facility is part of the “Wine and Wind Tour” that takes visitors to Washington’s wine country on a drive past tall wind turbines.
PSE profile in Columbia and Garfield counties