Laura Scheele, Public Affairs, 509-377-4464
Angela Walz, Public Affairs, 509-377-4010
RICHLAND, Wash. – Energy Northwest announced today that the agency has agreed to provide operations and maintenance services at Tieton Dam Hydroelectric Project, located near Yakima, Wash.
“This O&M agreement further extends the portfolio of energy services that Energy Northwest offers to the regional public power community,” said Jim Gaston, general manager of Energy Services and Development. “We look forward to working with the owners to ensure Tieton continues to operate safely, reliably and cost-effectively.” Energy Northwest’s Energy Services and Development division is responsible for advancing new generation projects and services.
Tieton Dam Hydrolectric Project is a 15.6 megawatt hydroelectric facility purchased by the Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA), a joint powers authority, on behalf of the City of Burbank, Calif., and the City of Glendale, Calif., both of which have agreements to purchase the power output. The City of Burbank is responsible for the overall O&M of Tieton through the SCPPA contract. Energy Northwest has signed a one-year Inter-Local Agreement – renewable on an annual basis – with the City of Burbank.
“This agreement complements Energy Northwest’s clean energy generating assets, including hydro, nuclear, wind and solar,” said Mark Reddemann, the agency’s chief executive officer.
The contract scope of work includes several deliverables with an emphasis on operating and maintaining the Tieton Project using best utility practices; original equipment manufacturer recommendations; and adherence to all regulatory and safety standards and requirements.
About Energy Northwest
Energy Northwest develops, owns and operates a diverse mix of electricity generating resources, including hydro, solar and wind projects – and the Northwest’s only nuclear power plant. These projects provide enough reliable, affordable and environmentally responsible energy to power more than a million homes each year, and that carbon-free electricity is provided at the cost of generation. As a Washington state joint operating agency, Energy Northwest comprises 27 public power member utilities from across the state serving more than 1.5 million ratepayers. The agency continually explores new generation projects to meet its members’ needs.