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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 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 »

December 3, 2021 • OregonPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine blades stir up trouble for Milton-Freewater recycling operation

MILTON-FREEWATER – A longtime businessman here has appealed a recent fine of $57,282 by Oregon’s Department of Environmental Equality. Sam Humbert was issued a finding for establishing a solid waste disposal site without a permit, officials said in a letter sent out Sept. 1. Humbert appealed the finding on Sept. 22. The illegal dump is located off Eastside Road and was started in 2019, DEQ spokeswoman Laura Gleim said this week. Humbert reported the operation to the U.S. Army Corp of . . . Complete story »

September 28, 2021 • Idaho, Montana, Oregon, WashingtonPrint storyE-mail story

More renewable energy, less energy efficiency in new Northwest power plan

More renewable energy development and less room for energy conservation are two of the biggest changes in the draft of the new regional power plan. The Northwest Power Plan guides the electricity demand decisions of the Bonneville Power Administration over the next 20 years. Energy experts say the draft of the 2021 Northwest Power Plan is dramatically different from previous versions. “A lot of things are changing right now because of people’s concern about carbon emissions and greenhouse gas emissions that . . . Complete story »

September 10, 2021 • OregonPrint storyE-mail story

Oregon farmers allege violations at wind turbine project

Several farmers have complained to Oregon energy regulators that wind turbine construction in Sherman County has caused severe erosion and other problems. A letter from 11 farmers to the state’s Energy Facility Siting Council alleges that developer Avangrid Renewables has failed to comply with requirements for building the Golden Hills Wind Project, which will include up to 51 turbines on 29,500 acres. “We’ve lost more soil in the last two months than we have in 30 years,” said David Pinkerton, . . . Complete story »

July 24, 2021 • Oregon, WashingtonPrint storyE-mail story

Proposal to lay cables under Columbia met with skepticism

Can slicing a 100-mile trench into the bed of the Columbia River be good for the environment? The answer is a big yes, says a team of energy developers that proposes submerging power cables in the riverbed. The developers say the cables could deliver “clean” energy that will be crucial for getting the most densely developed areas of Cascadia off fossil fuels. A proposal by energy developer Sun2o Partners and transmission developer PowerBridge would insert the cables into the Columbia . . . Complete story »

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