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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 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.


September 29, 2022 • OregonPrint storyE-mail story

Floating wind turbines could soon dot Oregon’s south coast

Floating wind farms off the Oregon coast could create as many as 100,000 jobs and help the state meet its clean energy targets, the Oregon Department of Energy told a legislative committee Thursday. But deployment faces challenges, including a lack of infrastructure and potential impacts on fishing, recreation and tourism, and marine habitats, officials said. Some of the best offshore wind speeds in the nation are in southern Oregon and northern California. Last year, the Oregon Legislature directed the Department . . . Complete story »


September 1, 2022 • OregonPrint storyE-mail story

Oregon wind farm sees blades, bolts fly off as failures mount: report

A new report has revealed the unreliability of a major Oregon wind farm, discovered after a blade from a windmill detached and flew across the field. According to The Oregonian, in January, a delivery driver found some broken, industrial-size bolts on the ground near one of Portland General Electric’s towering wind turbines but did not know who to tell and used it as a paperweight. On Feb 1 at 2:11 am, one of the turbine’s 11-story tall blades flew the . . . Complete story »


September 1, 2022 • OregonPrint storyE-mail story

Wind Bust: How an airborne blade exposed broader problems at PGE’s flagship wind farm

Pieces of turbine equipment are now falling into landowners’ fields with some regularity. PGE has not reported those incidents to the state promptly, or in some cases at all. That’s a potential violation of state administrative rules governing wind farms, as well as the conditions in Biglow Canyon’s operating permit with the state. Take the metal frame and pieces of fiberglass that fell off the damaged nose cone of a Vestas turbine in April 2021. PGE didn’t report it until June of this year, and only after a reporter asked why it hadn’t been disclosed to regulators. Complete story »


September 1, 2022 • OregonPrint storyE-mail story

Why accident, safety data is hard to come by for wind industry

While the Department of Energy maintains records of reported public safety and other incidents at the wind farms it regulates, it’s not comprehensive. The agency provided a spreadsheet it compiled to The Oregonian/OregonLive that listed 41 reported incidents dating back to 2011. Biglow Canyon in Sherman County is the only wind farm regulated by the state that has reported a full blade separation during that time frame. But the list included other related incidents, including two blades damaged by lightning in 2020 at the Montague Wind farm in Gilliam County; turbine fires at Shepherd’s Flat, which is in Gilliam and Morrow counties, and at Leaning Juniper IIA in Gilliam County; as well as a slew of transformer failures -- most of them at Biglow Canyon. The list doesn’t include two blade failures in 2008 and 2009 at the Stateline wind farm that are referenced in older compliance reports submitted to the state. Nor does it include the most serious incident, a 2007 turbine collapse at the Klondike III wind farm that killed one worker and injured another. Complete story »


September 1, 2022 • Oregon, Press releasesPrint storyE-mail story

Website shines a light on offshore wind farms

(NEWPORT, Ore) Protect US Fishermen, an informal coalition of more than two dozen organizations concerned about the environmental and economic impacts of proposed offshore wind farms in the Pacific Ocean, launched a new website on Monday. Visitors to protectUSfishermen.org will find details not only on the current push to place wind turbine farms off the coast of Oregon, but also learn about the sustainable seafood industry and its positive impacts on the economy and food security. For those wishing to . . . Complete story »


August 19, 2022 • OregonPrint storyE-mail story

Upcoming investigation: How an airborne blade exposed broader problems at PGE’s flagship wind farm

In the early hours of Feb. 1, one of the spinning blades on a turbine at Portland General Electric’s Biglow Canyon wind farm in Sherman County launched into the night. The 135-foot piece of fiberglass, wood and metal weighs more than seven tons. It flew the full length of a football field. An investigation by The Oregonian/OregonLive has found that the seemingly isolated incident, which has not been publicly reported until now, is part of a pattern of maintenance problems . . . Complete story »


July 6, 2022 • OregonPrint storyE-mail story

Why Google weighed in on a contentious Oregon offshore wind issue

U.S. ocean energy managers’ recent call for comments on possible wind power lease areas off the southern Oregon coast prompted input from developers, environmentalists, towns, counties, port overseers, state and federal bodies, unaffiliated members of the public and seafood industry interests. And Google LLC. The online search and advertising behemoth, an Alphabet Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOGL) subsidiary, is a leading corporate buyer of renewable energy, and offshore wind could be a big new resource on the West Coast using floating turbines. . . . Complete story »


June 29, 2022 • OregonPrint storyE-mail story

County to send letter to BOEM, other agencies regarding offshore wind energy

Lincoln County has approved a resolution that directs staff to draft a letter with recommendations to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), the Oregon Department of Energy, and the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development, regarding offshore wind energy. “Lincoln County recognizes that offshore wind energy has potential in our state and nation’s clean energy portfolio and to help reduce dependency on fossil fuels,” the resolution states. Last week, the commissioners heard from Bob Eder, co-chair of the . . . Complete story »


June 25, 2022 • OregonPrint storyE-mail story

Oregon offshore wind developers rebuff push toward deeper waters

Offshore wind power developers are rebuffing Oregon seafood industry efforts to nudge their development opportunities into deeper waters farther off the coast. The viability of siting projects in deeper waters has emerged as a key question after federal ocean energy managers outlined two zones, one off Coos Bay and the other Brookings, for leasing consideration. Those “call areas” begin about 14 miles from the coast and extend from 46 to 65 miles offshore, with water depths ranging up to 1,300 . . . Complete story »


June 23, 2022 • OregonPrint storyE-mail story

County to consider resolution related to offshore wind energy

Lincoln County discussed offshore wind energy with the Fishermen Involved in Natural Energy (FINE) Committee Wednesday, June 15. The commissioners will vote on a resolution next Wednesday, June 22, that would authorize the county to send the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), the Oregon Department of Energy, and the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development a letter with recommendations regarding offshore wind energy. Bob Eder, a commercial fisherman and co-chair of the FINE Committee, addressed the Lincoln County . . . Complete story »


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