Columbia Energy Partners (CEP) began work in the renewable energy field in 2001, initially as a regional joint venture partner with a large European company. When that company left the U.S. market in 2002, CEP continued its development activities. Working with consultants and partners who were leaders in their respective fields, CEP completed its first major project in Arlington, Oregon and put a number of other projects in its pipeline. The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) were CEP’s minority-interest partners in the project.
In December 2006, CEP sold its 200 MW Arlington, Oregon project to Horizon Wind Energy. Horizon has completed construction of the Rattlesnake Road wind farm and nearby Wheatfields Wind Farm on the CEP (and adjoining) site.
In 2008, CEP expanded its team to ramp up development of its wind project pipeline and add other renewable energy and related project development to its portfolio. Key individuals with decades of experience in energy trading and transmission as well as legal and financial structures for renewable energy projects joined CEP as principals. A strong financial arrangement with a leading renewables-financing institution helped facilitate the company’s growth and is a source of strength for the company’s projects.