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 are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.
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 . . .
From wind to solar power, there is a huge push for green energy – but it turns out the more we have, the more pollution-causing natural gas power plants we need. That’s the “dirty little secret” in the clean energy game, according to Tom Eckman, senior adviser for the power division at NW Power and Conservation Council. The old saying “There’s no such thing as a free lunch” applies to Oregon’s new green energy law. There are many benefits to green . . .
A federal appeals court has effectively reversed the approval of a large wind energy project in southeast Oregon, citing the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s inaccurate environmental review and possible impacts to the greater sage grouse. A decision released Thursday by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found the BLM review had not adequately assessed the population of greater sage grouse during winter at the proposed Echanis wind energy facility in Harney County. “It’s exactly what we’ve been arguing . . .
A federal appeals court has ruled that the Bureau of Land Management’s review of a controversial wind power project in southeast Oregon “did not adequately address impacts to the greater sage grouse,” throwing the future of the project BLM approved nearly five years ago into doubt. The 25-page ruling issued yesterday by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals adds more fuel for critics who say the Obama administration has rushed to approve wind, solar and other renewable energy projects . . .