December Newsline: Climate change costs, U.S. export performance and more

December 2009 Vol. 64 No. 12

Wind farm to bring power to California
Pattern Energy Group LP will commence construction of its Hatchet Ridge wind project, the first large-scale wind project to begin construction this year in California. The 101.2-MW Hatchet Ridge project, developed by Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc., will be located on a portion of Hatchet Mountain near the town of Burney in Shasta County, CA. RES America Construction Inc. will construct the project, which will consist of 44 Siemens 2.3 MW turbines. The project is expected to finish construction and reach commercial operation before the end of next year.

Hatchet Ridge will generate power for nearly 44,000 California homes annually. Pacific Gas and Electric Company will purchase the power, including the renewable attributes, under a 15-year power purchase agreement.

In addition, Hatchet Ridge will create approximately 100 to 200 construction jobs over the next year and 6 to 8 permanent jobs during operations. There will also be an economic ripple effect in the area from the purchases of goods and services for the wind farm and increased business for service industries.

Correction
In the June 2009 issue of Underground Construction, an article from Dr. Erez Allouche of the Trenchless Technology Center at Louisiana Tech University, misidentified a product. The sentence referring to Copon Hycote 169 should have read: “Commercially available products include Copon Hycote 169 HB (the U.S. version is named Scotckote 269).” We regret the error.

In Memoriam
Loy Sterling Clark, 92, passed away July 8 at his home in Beaverton, OR. A businessman who made his fortune without a college degree, Clark was a noted pioneer in the pipeline construction industry in Oregon. After gaining experience in the industry, Clark formed Loy Clark Pipeline in 1956 in Oregon, with just 12 employees. At its peak, more than 350 employees worked at LCP, including three generations of family members. In 1999, LCP was sold to MDU, but Clark continued to work at the company until his retirement in 2006.

Clark is preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Marie; and a daughter, Anita. He is survived by his brother, Bob; children, Ronald and Debra; and their families that include eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.