When you arrive at Energy Northwest on your first day and until you receive your badge, security will need to complete a vehicle security search at the check point in order for you to enter the site. Please plan for approximately 10 to 15 minutes for this process. All you need to do is pull into the far right lane and Security will come to you.
IMPORTANT: Security will search your vehicle and you will need to show them photo identification such as your Driver's License to confirm your identity. You will be asked to open the hood and trunk of your car. This process takes a few minutes and is routinely done.
PLEASE NOTE: This is a high-security area with a security checkpoint. Energy Northwest corporate and most other facilities are located in the vicinity of the Columbia Generating Station nuclear energy facility. Certain items are prohibited inside a 1.2 mile radius of Columbia. The following items are prohibited within this area: explosives, incendiary devices, self-defense sprays (such as mace), alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs (including marijuana as Energy Northwest abides by federal laws), firearms and ammunition. Bringing these prohibited items onto Energy Northwest property is a violation of Benton County Ordinance #225. Violation of the ordinance is a misdemeanor and violators are subject to criminal prosecution.
Please check your vehicle for any of these prohibited items BEFORE driving to Energy Northwest property.
After the security check is completed, continue on to the Deschutes Building by following the road around and park anywhere you can find a spot. The Deschutes entrance is right under the building sign that says "Energy Northwest"
(by the flag pole).
Please use the phone provided in the lobby to call your department contact to meet you at the door. If you are unable to reach the person you are calling, you may call the Human Resources general line at ext. 5840.
From I-182 West take exit #4/Wellsian Way/Vantage onto Bypass Hwy (WA-240W) toward Vantage. Continue north on Stevens Drive/Route 4 for approximately 10 miles.
As you are driving north, you will see an Energy Northwest sign with arrows. Continue straight past this sign, following the arrow to Columbia Generating Station.
Keep going straight (for about two miles) until you come to another Energy Northwest sign that says Columbia Generating Station. Take this right-hand turn.
Once you turn right, you will be on the main access road. You will see Columbia Generating Station and a security checkpoint directly ahead of you. Proceed to the far right lane at the security checkpoint.
Energy Northwest Map