A safe, equitable, and environmentally sound way to store and integrate carbon free sources of electricity. Supporting Washington's efforts to meet its clean energy goals.
The Columbia River Gorge region’s economic development strategy and energy plans
The Goldendale project is located about eight miles southeast of Goldendale, Washington in the Columbia River Gorge, and two hours east of Portland. The Gorge is an important center of renewable energy production and high-tech innovation.
Located within the Columbia Gorge Bi-State Renewable Energy Zone, it's an important project for the region. The Goldendale Energy Storage Project is the number one Washington priority-project in the Mid-Columbia Economic Development District's Economic Development Strategy (MCEDD). MCEDD also plays an important role in supporting nearby Hood River County’s implementation of its Energy Plan, which includes carbon emission reduction goals.
Supporting the community
The project would infuse $2B+ dollars into rural Washington and generate millions of dollars in annual property taxes for Klickitat County to fund schools, police and fire departments, roads, playgrounds, libraries and other infrastructure. The total taxes generated is estimated at roughly $14 million annually over the lifetime of the project. A recent article estimated the impact of this revenue on the local economy.