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Wind project gives Kittitas County an economic boost

WHISKY DICK MOUNTAIN, Wash. - It's seems the winds are changing in Kittitas County and it's not just the weather.

Construction for the Wild Horse Wind Project started in October, making it Puget Sound Energy's second wind power facility.

According to PSE Director of Resourse Acquisition, Roger Garratt, there are a number of reasons why the company chose Kittitas County, but the number one reason has to do with the location.

"It's proximity to our customers in the Puget Sound area and here in Kittitas County makes it more attractive as opposed to a project that's further away," Garratt said.

The $350 million project will provide electricity to about 76,000 homes, ranches and businesses in Kittitas County as well as nine other counties in the Puget Sound area, Garratt said.

But this project isn't just about electricity.

Governor Chris Gregoire was in Ellensburg on Wednesday afternoon for the dedication of the new project.

Gregoire believes this project will have a huge economic impact on the community. 

"It's going to be a major force in terms of workers right now, but it's going to be a burst to the economy here and it's long over do that Kittitas County found a new part of its economy," Gregoire said.

Garratt believes this project, as well as the Hopkins Ridge Project near Dayton, will open the door for more wind power facilities in the state.