A major trade union and construction council have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with energy investment company Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) to work on the proposed Goldendale Energy Storage Project.

The Washington Building and Construction Trades Council, AFL-CIO and the Columbia Pacific Building and Construction Trades Council entered into the MOU regarding a Project Labor Agreement in the construction of the project, it was announced Friday.

The Goldendale Project is a $2 billion+ closed-loop pumped-storage hydropower facility located outside Goldendale. The project is designed to generate 1,200 megawatts of clean electricity while also storing the region’s abundant wind and solar electricity.

On behalf of CIP,  Rye Development, a leading developer of new low impact hydropowered energy generation and energy storage, is responsible for developing the Goldendale Energy Storage Project. CIP is one of the largest sustainable energy investment funds in the world and focuses on renewable and green energy facility development. Upon its completion, the Goldendale Energy Storage Project would be a key component in Washington’s ability to achieve the mandates set forth in the state’s 2019 Clean Energy Transformation Act (CETA).

Willy Myers, the executive secretary–treasurer of the Columbia Pacific Building Trades, said, “We appreciate how diligent the Goldendale project has been in working with labor and all stakeholders to ensure that everyone can be part of this important project.”

The Project Labor Agreement, or PLA, which applies to contractors and subcontractors on the Goldendale Project would recognize the Columbia Pacific Building and Construction Trades Council, and member unions, as the sole and exclusive bargaining representative of the employees who perform work in the construction of the Goldendale Project.

Mark Riker the Executive Secretary of the Washington Building Trades said, “In addition to helping achieve our regions clean energy needs, this agreement opens new opportunities for Building Trades members and residents of our rural communities. Because of the size and duration of this Project it is a unique opportunity for the region to replenish our nation’s retiring skilled workforce by training union apprentices and giving those apprentices the skills necessary to be certified for a career in the building trades where they can gain a career that pays a family wage.”