Wind Energy Arrives

Blade being lowered onto port transport truck, 2006
Windmill blades, September 2007

Windmills from Denmark arrive at the port

In June 2001, a vessel dispatched by Star Shipping of Bergen, Norway, arrived at the port with very unique cargo: 40 windmills. One of the port’s first shipments of wind energy components, the windmills were built by Vestas Group of Denmark and were destined for a wind farm west of Walla Walla, Washington. Today, the Port of Vancouver is the exclusive entry point for all Vestas wind energy projects in the Columbia River region; and in 2009, the U.S. Census Bureau declared the Port of Vancouver the nation’s leading port for handling wind energy cargo.