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GSA Pursuing Smart Alternative and Renewable Energy to Power Land Port Of Entry

October 14, 2010
Contact: Sally Mayberry, 303-236-8000
sally.mayberry@gsa.gov

FARGO, N.D. -- Using funds provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the U.S. General Services Administration Rocky Mountain Region awarded a $2.7 million dollar design-build contract for the installation of a 1.0 megawatt wind turbine at the Pembina Border Station, a U.S.land port of entry in Pembina, N.D. On Sept. 14, 2010, GSA awarded this project, comprising one wind turbine to Colstrip Electric Inc., a woman-owned, small-business company in Colstrip, Mont. 

The LPOE operates on a 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-per-week schedule. The facility consumes approximately 1,635,000 kilowatt hours of electrical power annually, about the same as powering 142 average size homes, costing approximately $84,250, including consumption and demand charges. The design work is under way, and weather permitting, the groundbreaking will take place May 2011, with project completion targeted for fall 2013.

"GSA is committed to sustainability, and this project is expected to reduce electrical power consumption at the facility to zero, helping save taxpayer dollars. This is a great opportunity to take advantage of North Dakota’s incredible wind resources," said GSA Rocky Mountain Regional Administrator Susan Damour. 

Furthermore, this project is significant in that it conforms to the directives in the Energy Policy Act 2005, which includes a comprehensive plan to chart a new energy future by embracing alternative and renewable energy. The goal in this act is to generate 25 percent of energy from renewable sources by 2025 by investing in new sources of clean, renewable energy, such as wind power. 

Colstrip Electric Inc. has worked in the renewable energy industry since 2005, when it completed Montana's first utility scale wind farm. The company has completed nearly 1,000 megawatts of wind power across the country and continues to be a leading electrical contractor in the renewable industry.

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