Local Grade-School Pupils to Tour PSE’s Goldendale Power Plant

Media Advisory (Sept. 19, 2012):


Up to 200 fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders from Klickitat County schools will learn first-hand about electrical energy during a tour of Puget Sound Energy’s Goldendale Generating Station on Friday, Nov. 2. In addition to seeing how a modern, natural gas-fired power plant generates electricity, the pupils will conduct their own experiments in power generation.


Grade-school pupils from the Goldendale, Klickitat, Wishram and Roosevelt areas, along with more than two dozen teachers and chaperones, are scheduled to take the tour. Home-schooled children also are welcome to attend; to make arrangements, their parents or guardians should call PSE’s Karen Doolittle at 509-773-7909.


As part of the annual tour, the children will participate in hands-on demonstration projects, including working with motors and generators (using a wind turbine or bicycle generator), making batteries from lemons and potatoes that illuminate small light bulbs, and learning about energy safety from a “hazard hamlet” display.


Friday, Nov. 2 – 9 to 11 a.m., Goldendale schools; 11:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m., other area schools and home-schooled children


PSE’s Goldendale Generating Station, 600 Industrial Way, Goldendale, Wash.


The Goldendale Generating Station, built in 2004, is one of PSE’s newer power plants. The facility, purchased by the utility in 2007, can produce up to 277 megawatts of power, enough power to meet the peak electricity needs of about 200,000 households. The facility employs modern, “combined-cycle combustion turbine” (CCCT) technology that allows it to generate electricity both from a generator connected to its single, natural gas-fired combustion turbine and from an additional generator powered from steam produced by the combustion turbine’s exhaust heat. This two-stage, “combined” process boosts operating efficiency, lowers fuel costs, and cuts air emissions. Eighteen full-time PSE employees operate and maintain the power plant.

About Puget Sound Energy

Washington state’s oldest local energy company, Puget Sound Energy serves 1.1 million electric customers and more than 750,000 natural gas customers in 11 counties. A subsidiary of Puget Energy, PSE meets the energy needs of its customers, in part, through cost-effective energy efficiency, procurement of sustainable energy resources, and far-sighted investment in energy-delivery infrastructure. PSE employees are dedicated to providing great customer service that is safe, dependable and efficient. For more information, visit www.PSE.com.

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