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Wind Power News: Oregon


These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

May 21, 2022 • OregonPrint storyE-mail story

Forum broaches issues with wind farm plans

There are many reasons members of the fishing industry and coastal community are against a federally-backed effort to create wind farms off the Oregon coast, but most agree their main issue with the project is its flawed process for determining where to place such a facility. Around 100 people attended a forum Wednesday afternoon organized by Rep. David Gomberg, Rep. David Brock Smith and Heather Mann, executive director of the Midwater Trawler’s Cooperative. More than half the attendees showed up . . . Complete story »

May 14, 2022 • OregonPrint storyE-mail story

Ocean wind farm rally

Oregon fishermen gathered in Coos County on Tuesday to fight for “a place at the table,” as state and federal agencies continue to hash out where to potentially lease space for an offshore wind farm on the Oregon coast. Around 200 people, roughly 50 of whom were from Newport, hit the streets of Coos Bay on Tuesday as part of a rally against placing wind farm facilities within two broad zones off the coast of Coos and Curry counties, within . . . Complete story »

May 11, 2022 • OregonPrint storyE-mail story

‘Protect U.S. Fishermen’: Fishermen rally in Coos Bay against offshore wind farm

COOS BAY, Ore. – Fishermen along Oregon’s coast traveled great distances to get to Coos Bay Tuesday. They’re hoping to bring awareness to their beloved industry in the face of coming offshore wind farms. Fishermen and seafood processors are taking to the streets in support of the slogan, “Protect U.S. Fishermen.” The seafood community was joined by their families and supporters to rally at the Coos Bay Boardwalk ahead of a march down Front St. to the Coos Museum. This is . . . Complete story »

May 11, 2022 • OregonPrint storyE-mail story

Oregon fishermen protest offshore wind farm proposal in Coos Bay

Commercial fishermen in Coos Bay are protesting what they see as a rushed effort to bring offshore wind farms to the Oregon coast. Members of the fishing industry are planning a protest Tuesday night to voice their concerns over offshore wind development in Oregon, and to ensure they are involved in choosing the location of turbines. Offshore wind energy production remains fairly untapped throughout the country. No offshore wind farms have been built off the West Coast. That could soon . . . Complete story »

May 6, 2022 • OregonPrint storyE-mail story

Community meeting sees scathing opposition to offshore wind farm in Coos Bay and Brookings

Between one to two hundred concerned residents and stakeholders packed the Salmon Conference room of the Mill Casino last night in the small coastal town of North Bend expressing opposition to over one million acres of wind farms slated for the offshore areas of Coos Bay and Brookings. Concerns raised came mainly from commercial fishers that live and/or fish in the area and worry about impacts to the industry. Several residents that are not involved in the industry also expressed . . . Complete story »

May 6, 2022 • OregonPrint storyE-mail story

Fishermen, trawlers, & biologists speak out on wind farm development on Oregon coast

NORTH BEND, Ore. – The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management continues to move forward with the development of offshore wind farms on Oregon’s coast. But the local seafood industry is urging BOEM to slow down before irreversible damage is done. Coos County leaders kicked off the first of a number of meetings planned by several different organizations to inform and hear from residents on call areas released by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management last week. During the meeting, fishermen, trawlers, . . . Complete story »

April 28, 2022 • OregonPrint storyE-mail story

2 areas off Oregon Coast targeted for offshore wind development

Ocean sites near Coos Bay and Brookings could host offshore wind farms as the Biden administration seeks to ramp up renewable energy production. The U.S. Department of the Interior announced Wednesday that it’s considering two areas off the Oregon Coast for offshore wind energy production. The agency has identified locations about 12 nautical miles offshore at Coos Bay and Brookings that could potentially host wind farms. The two areas comprise about 1.1 million acres in total. The Biden administration is . . . Complete story »

March 23, 2022 • OregonPrint storyE-mail story

Giant wind turbine blade finally plucked from Oregon roadside

Over 3 weeks since the truck and trailer rolled off Highway 74 in Oregon not far from Ione, a giant wind turbine blade has finally been retrieved. Giant wind turbine blade causes truck to roll off Oregon highway February 28th, a 56-year-old man suffered non-life-threatening injuries when the overside load semi he was driving rolled on its side, and off a section of Highway 74. The truck along with its massively long trailer was transporting a giant wind turbine blade . . . Complete story »

March 11, 2022 • OregonPrint storyE-mail story

Fishing industry voices opposition to Port of Coos Bay wind farm

COOS BAY, Ore. – The Coos Bay seafood industry sees much of their business sinking with the potential development of an offshore wind farm planned for the Port of Coos Bay. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) named Coos Bay one of three proposed “call areas”, areas with high wind potential ideal as a power source, along with Bandon and Brookings. Tim Novotny, Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission spokesperson, says in Coos Bay that 2,181 square miles of offshore real . . . Complete story »

February 26, 2022 • OregonPrint storyE-mail story

Three floating wind turbines are planned for Oregon coastline, though fishing industry groups are wary

As part of President Biden’s and Governor Kate Brown’s push to boost alternative energy, floating wind turbines are being explored offshore, including three spots off the Oregon Coast. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is in the planning and analysis stage of developing three sites for wind energy. The specified sites are outside Coos Bay, Bandon, and Brookings, and their collective output would come to 17 gigawatts. Amira Streeter is Governor Brown’s Natural Resources Policy Advisor. At a BOEM . . . Complete story »

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