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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.

August 1, 2019 • Oregon, Press releasesPrint storyE-mail story

Oregon Supreme Court invalidates Energy Council’s rules for modifying power plants

Today’s ruling is also expected to terminate two long-pending energy projects. PORTLAND, OR – Today the Oregon Supreme Court held in favor of a coalition of nine conservation organizations, invalidating rules adopted in 2017 by the Oregon Energy Facility Siting Council (EFSC) that had dramatically reduced transparency and discouraged public participation in permitting decisions for large power plants throughout Oregon. Today’s legal victory is also expected to terminate the previously issued permits for two controversial power projects, the Summit Ridge . . . Complete story »

July 24, 2019 • OregonPrint storyE-mail story

Wind energy projects pose conflicts; Rural areas weigh impacts

MORO – In Sherman County, every family gets a gift at Christmastime. In this sparsely populated stretch of Oregon where unrelenting winds swirl across wheat fields, wind power has stamped its insignia. Hundreds of wind turbines tower over the land, whirring as they generate electricity – and money. Wshh. Wshh. Wshh. Each December, households receive checks for $590 in exchange for use of their county as a wind site. Developers pay the bulk of the money to farmers whose land they lease. . . . Complete story »

July 23, 2019 • OregonPrint storyE-mail story

PGE plan calls for more renewables, energy storage

Portland General Electric unveiled a resource plan Monday that steers clear of fossil fuels, a departure from 2016, when the possibility of new natural gas plants brought a wave of opposition. The state’s largest electric utility said investments in energy efficiency, demand management, customer-generated energy, new renewables and energy storage could fill a capacity gap expected to open up in the coming decade – and keep it on a path to hit a greenhouse gas emissions reduction target unveiled last year. . . . Complete story »

July 20, 2019 • Letters, OregonPrint storyE-mail story

Summit Ridge wrong site for wind turbines

I would generally be one of the last people to oppose renewable energy, but I am opposed to the Summit Ridge Wind Turbine project. While renewable energy is surely the way to go for many reasons, we must choose sites that don’t harm the environment in other ways. The Summit Ridge project does not meet those requirements. Building this project along the edge of the Wild and Scenic Deschutes River will kill an untold number of birds and bats, including . . . Complete story »

July 6, 2019 • Letters, OregonPrint storyE-mail story

Wind project harms wildlife

Nearly 10 years ago the Summit Ridge Wind Farm in Wasco County was applied for but was never built. The new project developer, Pattern Energy, is now asking for a third extension of time to build it. The project is poorly sited and poses an unacceptable risk to bald and golden eagle populations and potentially other birds and wildlife along the Deschutes River Canyon and the eastern Gorge. When the project was first proposed, numerous eagles and eagle nests were . . . Complete story »

July 3, 2019 • OregonPrint storyE-mail story

Summit Ridge project hits opposition, technical challenges

The Summit Ridge Wind Farm, an approved but as yet unbuilt wind energy generation facility proposed near the Deschutes River, is in limbo. The proposed facility, owned by Pattern Energy, is awaiting a decision regarding their request to extend the construction deadline due to a contested case filed by Friends of the Columbia Gorge and several other organizations. The case was presented to the Oregon Energy Facility Siting Council on May 17. “This is the most controversial wind energy project . . . Complete story »

July 1, 2019 • OregonPrint storyE-mail story

Progress is blowing in the wind

UMATILLA COUNTY – Umatilla County’s next wind farm could be its largest yet. The Nolin Hills Wind Power Project would cover almost 45,000 acres on private land in the Nolin area about 4 miles south of Echo and 10 miles west of Pendleton. The facility could generate 350 megawatts of power, according to the project documents from the Oregon Department of Energy. The Capital Power Corporation of Boston, Massachusetts, applied for the site certificate from the state energy department’s Energy Facility . . . Complete story »

June 6, 2019 • OregonPrint storyE-mail story

Giant Oregon wind farm seeks bigger turbines

Oregon’s biggest wind farm, which officially began full operations only seven years ago, is apparently ready for an upgrade. Caithness Energy, owner of the Shepherds Flat wind farm in north-central Oregon, is asking regulators for permission to use longer blades on its 338 turbines, growing the tip-to-tip diameter from 100 meters to 127 meters. In filings, the company said the move will “extend the useful life of the facility; take advantage of the latest turbine technology; and produce more electricity, . . . Complete story »

May 18, 2019 • Oregon, WashingtonPrint storyE-mail story

Will a new energy project lure eagles to their death?

A proposed energy storage project in the Columbia Basin is drawing concern from bird advocates. They’re worried new water ponds could attract waterfowl and eagles that could then be struck by nearby wind turbines. The Goldendale pumped hydro storage project would work like a giant battery. Green energy advocates say this type of storage is crucial to getting more renewable power on the grid. The project would be able to store renewable energy for times when the wind isn’t blowing . . . Complete story »

April 13, 2019 • OregonPrint storyE-mail story

Wind project draws fire

More than a dozen citizens asked the Wasco County Commission April 3 not to submit a letter of support it wrote for the Summit Ridge wind project east of Dufur. The commission opted to table the matter. The commission had written the letter on behalf of the owner of the Summit Ridge turbine project to Puget Sound Energy, a Washington-based utility whose role as a power-purchaser in the project is key to its development. The project was first applied for . . . Complete story »

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