Award-Winning Klamath Cogeneration Plant Dedicated
Jeff Ball, City of Klamath Falls (541) 883-5316
Art Sasse, Director, Communications & Brand, Iberdrola Renewables, 503-796-7740
Paul Copleman, Media Relations, Iberdrola Renewables, 207-641-2805
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – The City of Klamath Falls and PacifiCorp Power Marketing, Inc. (PPM) officially dedicated the Klamath Cogeneration Plant, which has been in commercial operation since July, on Saturday, Oct. 20.
The 484-megawatt natural gas-fired, advanced combined-cycle cogeneration facility produces both electricity and process steam. The electricity is sold to customers throughout the West and the steam is sold to an adjacent wood products plant.
“We have been very successful at securing solid, long-term contracts for the vast majority of the plant output,” said Terry Hudgens, PPM’s CEO. “Customers value the location, low cost, efficiency and superior environmental characteristics of this plant.”
The City of Klamath Falls owns the plant and previously sponsored the issuance of $309 million in project revenue bonds that made the plant possible. Under contract with the City of Klamath Falls, PPM manages, operates and fuels the Klamath Cogeneration Plant and markets the plant’s output.
“I’m delighted to cut the ribbon on this plant,” said Mayor Todd Kellstrom. “The Klamath Cogeneration Plant is sustainable development in a town that’s open for business. This plant will be an engine of economic development in Klamath Falls for years to come.”
“This dedication ceremony marks the beginning of a new phase in a long relationship between my company and the City of Klamath Falls,” said PPM Chairman Alan Richardson. “In addition, we’re working with the City to determine the feasibility of another facility adjacent to the Klamath Cogeneration Plant.”
The timing for construction of the new plant will depend upon permitting, power markets and economic conditions. In the meantime, PPM has initiated site development and permit work.
The Klamath Cogeneration Plant has enjoyed strong support from conservation groups for its efficiency, cogeneration process and for setting the global standard for the most carbon dioxide mitigation ever for a fossil-fueled power plant. It was a model for Oregon legislation that now governs the carbon dioxide emissions of other fossil-fuel power plants in the state.
The plant has received recognition at both national and state levels winning Oregon Governor Kitzhaber’s 2000 Community and Economic Development award and Power Magazine’s Power Plant of the Year 2001 award.
PPM is also marketing the power from other sustainable electric generating plants, including the Stateline Wind Plant, currently generating more than a third of its planned capacity with the rest under construction on the Washington-Oregon border near Walla Walla, Wash.
PPM is a non-utility power marketing subsidiary of ScottishPower.