Wind Power News: Oregon
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The US state of Oregon has authorised a subsidiary of Caithness Energy to build the up to 399-MW Saddle Butte wind farm, according to information on the website of the department of energy. In particular, the Energy Facility Siting Council (EFSC) has issued a final order for the site certificate at its meeting on November 3, 2016. The particular site certificate was executed on November 17. The certificate holder, Saddle Butte Wind LLC, now has to commence construction work by . . .
A legislative oversight committee charged with restructuring the scandalized Oregon Department of Energy met Friday to discuss possible recommendations to lawmakers and got bogged down almost immediately in a lengthy, partisan debate over the agency’s future mission. The Democratic co-chairs of the committee, Sen. Lee Beyer, D-Springfield, and Rep. Paul Holvey, D-Eugene, had floated a draft of recommended fixes for the agency this week. They said their findings – which included keeping the agency alive while getting rid of some of . . .
SALEM – Wind, solar and ethanol projects were among the dozens of renewable energy projects referred for investigation to the Oregon Department of Justice by auditors of a discontinued state tax credit program, according to a list released last Friday. The list was compiled by Marsh Minick, P.C., a private firm that conducted an audit of the Department of Energy’s Business Energy Tax Credit (BETC) program under contract with the Oregon Secretary of State’s Office. That audit was released in early . . .
Klondike Wind Farm: The Sherman County wind farm was developed by the Portland-based developer Iberdrola Renewables, now known as Avangrid. The project was developed in four phases, and Klondike III alone applied for and received three separate $11 million tax credits in the same year. Art Sasse, a spokesman for Avangrid, says the company's projects are separate and distinct and that it will cooperate with the Justice Department if contacted.
SALEM – Wind, solar and ethanol projects were among the dozens of renewable energy projects referred for investigation to the Oregon Department of Justice by auditors of a discontinued state tax credit program, according to a list released Friday. The list was compiled by Marsh Minick, P.C., a private firm that conducted an audit of the Department of Energy’s Business Energy Tax Credit (BETC) program under contract with the Oregon Secretary of State’s Office. That audit was released in early September. . . .
A renewable energy project that would have put Oregon at the forefront of offshore wind development in the West appears to have stalled. The company behind the WindFloat Pacific energy project, Principle Power, wanted to install wind turbines about 15 miles off the coast of Coos Bay. Now the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, the federal agency that grants leases for these types of projects, says it is no longer processing Principle Power’s application at the request of the company. . . .
Plans to build an offshore wind farm in the waters off Coos Bay appear finished. Principle Power has pulled its request to lease request with the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, according to a filing first noted by the trade publication Recharge. The project had been in dire straits since last fall, when Oregon utilities said power from the proposed 25-megawatt project would be too expensive for them. Principle Power won $4 million in federal funding for the project . . .
Extended federal tax breaks and Oregon’s new law to replace coal with renewable energy have combined to put new pressure on local electric utilities to procure more wind and solar power. Portland General Electric (PGE) and Pacific Power, the two largest electricity suppliers in Oregon, are scrambling to meet the state’s higher renewable energy mandates and take advantage of federal tax breaks before they expire. The result should be less carbon emissions for the environment and lower prices for customers. . . .
The Oregon Department of Energy is backing a proposed 500-megawatt wind farm in Umatilla and Morrow counties, though the project will likely be contested because of its connection to the electrical grid. ODOE staff have recommended approving the site certificate for the Wheatridge Wind Energy Facility in a proposed order Aug. 5. If permitted, Wheatridge would add up to 292 turbines between two main areas — Wheatridge West, located entirely within Morrow County about seven miles northwest of Heppner, and . . .
Wind turbines, bats, birds: The Oregonian/OregonLive printed a graphic showing that far more birds were killed from colliding into windows than into wind turbines. While true, these numbers don’t tell the full story. Wind turbines kill a disproportionate number of raptors, while songbirds are the primary victims of windows. Raptors play a valuable role in controlling rodents that damage crops and spread dangerous human diseases such as plague and hantavirus. Wind turbines are also responsible for the deaths of between . . .