CWU Study: Desert Claim Would Generate $17.3 Million in Economic Activity within Kittitas County in First Year

The Desert Claim Wind Power project would generate total economic activity of up to $17.3 million in Kittitas County during the year it is being built, a Central Washington University study estimates.

Once completed and in operation, Desert Claim would generate $2.8 million in total economic activity in the county, the study also estimated. Total economic activity represents the dollar volume of local transactions due to Desert Claim, said Richard Mack, a CWU economics professor and the study’s lead researcher.

“Our study shows that throughout Ellensburg and Kittitas County, you’d see benefits in new jobs, income and tax revenues because of Desert Claim,” said Mack. “It would literally serve as a privately funded economic stimulus for our businesses and workers, one that should be especially welcome in today’s difficult times.”

The proposed Desert Claim wind farm is located about 8 miles northwest of Ellensburg on 5,200 acres of rural land crossed by three major transmission lines. enXco submitted a revised application to the state Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) last month. With 95 turbines and 190 megawatts of power generating capacity, Desert Claim could generate enough power for 57,000 homes.

Once in operation, the study found that Desert Claim would provide up to 25 new jobs and $970,000 in annual payroll. Half of the new jobs would be for workers directly employed on the project, while the other half would be jobs indirectly supported by Desert Claim.

According to the study, of the more than $900,000 total, Ellensburg School District would receive nearly $340,000 in tax revenues in the first year.

Similarly, the project would provide Kittitas County Fire District No. 2 with more than $210,000 in tax revenues in the first year.

More than $315,000 in tax revenues would go to Kittitas County annually for police, roads, and other critical services.

The study was commissioned and funded by enXco. It was conducted by professors in the Department of Economics at Central Washington University.

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