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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.


January 20, 2018 • OregonPrint storyE-mail story

Federal commission confirms UEC’s authority to build Wheatridge transmission line

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ordered Umatilla Electric Cooperative to provide wholesale transmission service to a Wheatridge Wind Energy project, rejecting a protest by Heppner-based Columbia Basin Electric Cooperative that the action would encroach on its exclusive service territory. The proposed wind farm, broken up into two areas a few miles north of Heppner, would include up to 292 turbines and generate up to 500 megawatts of energy. The project’s developers have been working with UEC on a plan for . . . Complete story »


January 18, 2018 • Oregon, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Trump eases rules for bird-killing wind turbines, power lines

Lynn Tompkins peers down at a red-tailed hawk laid across a small exam table at Blue Mountain Wildlife’s clinic in Pendleton, Oregon. It’s out cold. “She was in very good shape until she got zapped,” Tompkins says as she removes the bandage on the hawk’s left wing, revealing a raw wound. The bird was electrocuted a week earlier near Boardman, likely the result of a run-in with a power line. Tompkins has helped rescue birds from all over eastern Oregon . . . Complete story »


January 3, 2018 • OregonPrint storyE-mail story

Tillamook transmission line proposal meets with controversy

Controversy over an electrical transmission line in Tillamook County is expected to come to a head this year as the developer pursues three key permits. The 8.6-mile line would cross farmland and forestland, drawing opposition from landowners in its path who worry about impediments to agriculture and logging. Opponents argue that a new transmission line between Tillamook and Oceanside isn’t justified by actual electricity demand, but may instead be intended as a connection to future wave power or offshore wind . . . Complete story »


December 27, 2017 • OregonPrint storyE-mail story

Tillamook transmission line proposal meets with controversy

Controversy over an electrical transmission line in Oregon’s Tillamook County is expected to come to a head in 2018 as the developer pursues three key permits. The 8.6-mile line would cross farmland and forestland, drawing opposition from landowners in its path who worry about impediments to agriculture and logging. Opponents argue that a new transmission line between Tillamook and Oceanside isn’t justified by actual electricity demand, but may instead be intended as a connection to future wave power or offshore . . . Complete story »


December 17, 2017 • Oregon, WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Regulators bless PGE, PacifiCorp renewable energy plans

After months of back and forth, Oregon’s Public Utility Commission gave its blessing this week to both Portland General Electric’s and PacifiCorp’s plans to acquire more renewable energy, albeit with a variety of conditions designed to protect ratepayers. The companies approached the commission in 2016 and earlier this year seeking acknowledgment of resource plans that included major additions of generating capacity. PGE’s proposal focused on making up for the loss of capacity at the Boardman coal plant, scheduled to close . . . Complete story »


December 15, 2017 • OregonPrint storyE-mail story

Energy Department and council under fire for cutting out public

Irene Gilbert, a La Grande resident and researcher for the Friends of the Grande Ronde Valley, has opposed numerous windfarms in Eastern Oregon based on their impacts on wildlife, wetlands, noise levels, and their visibility from towns or areas designated as wild and scenic. She says the council, at the recommendation of the Energy Department, has denied every one of her requests for a contested case. By her count, the council has rejected more than 80 requests for contested cases and not granted a single one. Complete story »


November 16, 2017 • OregonPrint storyE-mail story

More Gorge wind dealing: Avangrid Renewables adds 400MW project to its pipeline

Avanagrid Renewables, which already has nearly 1,300 megawatts of operating wind power in the region and is building a big project that will sell its output to Apple, has acquired a permitted but unbuilt project in the Columbia River Gorge. But don’t count on the 400-megawatt Golden Hills Wind Farm breaking ground soon. With the acquisition from Orion Renewable Energy Group, Avangrid Renewables is asking state regulators to extend the deadline for beginning construction on the Sherman County project from . . . Complete story »


November 7, 2017 • Oregon, WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

How tax reform could torpedo Pacificorp’s big wind power plan

Tax reform, the big issue on Capitol Hill these days, could spell trouble for PacifiCorp’s bid to spend billions on wind power in the next three years. The Portland-based utility’s “Energy Vision 2020” proposal calls for 999 megawatts of retooled wind turbines in several states including Oregon, 1,270 megawatts of new wind in Wyoming, and a 140-mile transmission line also in Wyoming, all at cost of around $3.2 billion. The proposal is built around an expiring federal incentive called the . . . Complete story »


October 14, 2017 • OregonPrint storyE-mail story

Regulators wrestle with PGE, PacifiCorp over billions in new renewables

Portland General Electric is downsizing its ambitions and PacifiCorp is facing vigorous opposition as Oregon regulators continue to wrestle with plans by the investor-owned utilities to spend big money on new renewables. The regulator qualms, shared by some stakeholders, aren’t with renewables so much as the utilities’ desires to make massive investments in the next few years. PGE, rebuffed on a potential $1 billion wind power buy two months ago, on Tuesday outlined a “new path forward” to the Public . . . Complete story »


October 12, 2017 • OregonPrint storyE-mail story

PacifiCorp facing regulatory blowback on wind power plans

Staff advisers at Oregon’s utility regulator threw cold water on PacifiCorp’s plan to spend $3.5 billion, one of its biggest upgrades ever, on wind turbines and a new transmission line. The Public Utility Commission staff say the utility had failed to justify the need for the massive capital investments, whether to meet its capacity, energy or reliability needs. PacifiCorp is seeking state regulators’ blessing for what it calls “Energy Vision 2020.” Approval from the regulators would provide greater assurance that . . . Complete story »


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