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NORTHWEST POWER PLANNING COUNCIL APPROVES NEW REGIONAL POWER PLANT

 PORTLAND, Ore., July 28 /PRNewswire/ -- The Northwest Power Planning Council today unanimously approved a new, natural gas-fired power plant proposed for construction near Tacoma, Wash.
 Specifically, the council determined that the Tenaska Washington II power plant is consistent with the 1991 Northwest Power Plan, which the council prepared to guide regional power development in the future. The plan calls on the Bonneville Power Administration, the region's biggest power wholesaler, to meet region's future energy needs with a diverse mix of resources, including energy conservation, fuel-burning power plants such as Tenaska, and renewable resources such as solar, wind and geothermal power.
 "Our decision today underscores the fact that what's important is not the approval of individual power plants, but that we have a plan that sets a course of action for the region, and that the plan should be followed--and is being followed with this acquisition," said Council Chairman Stan Grace of Montana.
 The council's decision authorizes Bonneville to purchase the entire output of the 248-megawatt Tenaska plant and sell the electricity around the Pacific Northwest. The plant should be completed in 1996.
 Purchasing power from the Tenaska plant is a first for Bonneville-- the first major generating resource acquired by Bonneville since the agency was granted authority to secure new resources in the Northwest Power Act of 1980.
 The Tenaska plant will be built by Tenaska Power Partners, a partnership of Montana Power Co. and Tenaska Inc., of Omaha, Neb.
 The council is an agency of the states of Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Washington. It was created under the authority of the Northwest Power Act and is charged with long-range electric energy planning for the Northwest, and with developing a program to protect, mitigate and enhance fish and wildlife of the Columbia River Basin.
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 /CONTACT: Linda Gist or John Harrison, both of Northwest Power Planning Council, 800-222-3355/


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