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High rivers a blow to wind farms

When the wind is blowing and the Columbia River is flowing, wind turbine operators in Washington have a problem they are looking to France and Germany for help.

Gov. Chris Gregoire, who is in Europe for a 10-day trade mission, said she met Thursday with the chief executive officer of AREVA, a French firm that operates wind farms around the Tri-Cities. The problem of wind power and hydropower peaking at the same time has been particularly bad this year, she said.

“There are concerns about BPA shutting down wind power because of excess hydropower,” she said.

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Gov at Paris Air Show: Part Deux

Seattle will be the site of a  “summit” on aerospace suppliers next March and a Bellingham company will expand to reconfigure planes for an Austrian airline, Gov. Chris Gregoire said Tuesday.

Deals for both were struck during the second day of the Paris Air Show, which Gregoire is attending to boost the chances of selling more Boeing planes and the products of some 650 aerospace manufacturers and suppliers in Washington.

The summit, to be hosted by Boeing and the state Commerce Department, is expected to draw about 600 businesses and be the first of its kind in North America, Gregoire said in a telephone press conference.

“All in all, it was a pretty good day for us,” she said.

The governor also defended the 10-day trip out of the state — she stopped in Spain before Paris to talk with the company that will dig the tunnel for the Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement in Seattle, and will travel to Hamburg to talk with BMW and other companies making carbon-fiber parts at a new Moses Lake facility — as worth the $40,000 price tag for herself, two staff members and three representatives of the Commerce Department.

“I'm here promoting our state,” she said. “We are not going to come out of this recession with me sitting in my office.”

She didn't attend the last Paris Air Show in 2009, “and I took criticism for not going.”

She met with top executives from Boeing, lobbying for Washington to be the site for any expansion of the company's 737 jetliner production. She also met with the American chief executive officer of Boeing's aviation industry rival Airbus, which also buys parts from aviation suppliers in Washington. “I made clear to them I fully appreciate we're the Number Two state in the nation with (companies) supplying to Airbus.”

Asked if that meeting was awkward, considering she helped lead the lobbying for Boeing to beat out Airbus for a U.S. Air Force contract to build a new refueling tanker to replace the KC-135, Gregoire said she made clear she was rooting for “my home team.” 

“We didn't talk very much about the tanker at all,” she said.

Bonjour. Je m’appelle Chris. Je suis la gouverneur de Washington.

Gov. Chris Gregoire is in Paris this week, talking up Boeing at the biennial air show and talking up Washington as a place for the aerospace giant’s next assembly line.
In a telephone press conference after the first day of the Paris Air Show, where she helped open the state’s pavilion, Gregoire said she’s trying to boost all 650 of the state’s aerospace manufacturers and suppliers, not just its biggest one.. .

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Gregoire in Spain, checking out tunnel

OLYMPIA — Gov. Chris Gregoire's office is providing daily updates of her itinerary as she makes her way to the Paris Air Show, where she'll be plugging those big flying metal things folks make in various parts of the state.

Today's stop is Spain, where she's meeting with the honchos of Dragados, the company hired to dig the tunnel that will replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct, providing opponents in Seattle don't find a way to stop it. To check out their work, Dragados officials are showing her a tunnel they bored in Madrid. Folks from the U-dub met with folks from the U-Madrid to set up an exchange program that will result in hundreds of Huskey students teaching English in Spanish high schools, and likely convincing them to wear purple on the last Saturday in November when the Apple Cup is played.

Tomorrow she meets with Iberdrola, a company that operates wind farms in Washington state, then heads for Paris after tapas, paella and sangria.

OK, we made the menu items up. For all we know, she's having burgers and fries with a Diet Coke.

The state has a “press kit” for the Paris Air Show. Interested? You can see it by clicking here.

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Jim Camden is a veteran political reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Jonathan Brunt is an enterprise reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Kip Hill is a general assignments reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

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