New TerraPass project: Blue Canyon Wind Farm

Written by tom


TerraPass experienced dramatic growth last year. This Friday we crossed another milestone: 40,000 people carry some form of a TerraPass. With all that demand, we’ve been looking for new projects to support. The latest is a good example of the benefits of rural wind power in the heartland of America – The Blue Canyon Wind Farm in Oklahoma.

(Check out these nifty satellite pics.)

Our first purchase is more than 17,000 megawatt-hours, or 9% of total capacity. That means that of the 45 turbines, 4 of them turn just for TerraPass members. As part of the Western Farmer’s Electric Cooperative WindWorks program, TerraPass members will join customers of 19 separate cooperative utility programs in supporting the wind farm. The program was named a top-ten Green Power Program in March ’06 by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Project Details

  • 72 MW capacity wind farm in Anadarko, OK
  • 45 1.6MW turbines from NEG Micon
  • Online Dec 2004


  • Purchase of 17,075 MWH Green-e certified RECs
  • Displacement claim based on 1937 lbs CO2/MWh, 15,000 metric tons CO2 total
  • Meets all additionality criteria of Green-e.
  • Co-benefits include over 100 construction jobs, grazing on ranch land, and wild elk habitat

For photo lovers, see some pics here. I’ve also made some desktop images of the farm (1920 x 1440, 1024 x 768, 800 x 600), complete with roaming elk. Let me know if you like them and we’ll get some better quality images for your desktop viewing.

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  1. Randy Hanks

    Can anyone give me info on tree farm planting as an option to help save OUR planet? I farm and have 50 acres, minimum, I would like to plant trees on. I feel this is a viable option to reduce CO2 emissions, locally as well as worldwide. Are there gov’t funds or investment groups interested in this and how would I start a company to begin this process? I would like to
    contibute environmentally as well as provide income to sustain my family versus farming the land as a production operation. I will continue to farm the majority of land but am interested in this option. Please respond. Thank you

  2. Adam Stein

    Hi Randy,
    TerraPass doesn’t include tree-planting projects in our portfolio, so we’re not the best guide on this issue. The EPA web site is a good place to start, and you may also want to reach out to some of the organizations that do tree-planting projects.

  3. Russ

    Arguments for offsets are weak, period. Tom Arnold stated in his response above that, “We want to guarantee that your reductions actually were acheived in 2006. That requires a windmill spinning, not a plan to erect a windmill and front-load credits over the next 20 years.” The only way that offsets work and are realized is for power companies fired by carbon-based fuels to turn back and reduce the power they are producing by the amount of offsets being sold, and this is not happening and won’t be. I was told by someone at terrapass that the real argument and hope for offsets is that they will prevent the need for additional carbon-based power plants to be built. That may be true, but when you factor in the use of hydroelectric and nuclear power, it becomes even more difficult to measure the benefit and return.

  4. Kevin

    Am I missing something here? In a free market capitalist system this type of activity would be called an investment. An entrepreneur would make a proposal and I would decide to invest in his/her plan with the hope of a return for my investment. Why would I give your organization money so you can produce a product (electricity) to sell at a profit and I get nothing in return? It sounds like a scam to me. I

  5. Adam Stein

    Yep, you’re missing that these projects are typically not cost-competitive with dirty sources of energy such as coal. The offset revenue stream, along with revenue streams from electricity production, help to make these project commercially viable.