Articles from Oregon
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Gov. Ted Kulongoski is pushing hard to increase renewable energy development in Oregon with a variety of sources ranging from wind to biomass to harnessing the motion of coastal waves. Kulongoski wants 25 percent of Oregon's power to comes from pollution-free, environmentally friendly and renewable sources by 2025.
When alternative-energy enthusiasts ponder the potential of wind generation, they generally envision huge, 100-turbine projects capable of producing power for tens of thousands of homes. But there's a new, more modest player on the block. It's called community wind, and if pent-up interest is any indication, it's destined for a small but determined place on the Northwest's energy grid.
Pressure is building for Oregon to require electric utilities to use substantially more renewable energy, such as wind and solar, to power homes and businesses. But a debate looms over whether such a mandate is needed -- or whether it might drive up monthly utility bills.
Georgia-Pacific isn't promising any increase in jobs at the mill. Up and running, the wind farm will employ eight people. And while Genentech says it might employ 300 within 10 years, it isn't guaranteeing anything.
Gov. Ted Kulongoski proposed increasing the state's tax credit for energy efficiency and alternative fuels on Monday, an idea quickly seconded by Republican rival Ron Saxton.
Last week, state economic development officials approved a 15-year property tax break for a $193 million paper towel machine that Georgia-Pacific Corp. might install at its Wauna Mill complex near Westport..... The first time was in May, when the state approved a SIP agreement for a $141 million wind farm in Union County.
PacifiCorp has purchased the Leaning Juniper 1 wind farm from PPM Energy, a move that will add 100 megawatts of power to the company's resources. PacifiCorp's territory covers six Western states, including parts of Polk County.
PacifiCorp on Thursday announced the purchase of the Leaning Juniper wind farm in the Columbia River Gorge. It is the first acquisition of its kind for the Portland-based multistate utility.
Power resource planners in the Northwest say several factors could buffet the region's wind farm boom. Rising construction costs, strained transmission lines and a limited ability to blend wind's fickle nature with more controllable generation, such as hydro-power, are among the biggest concerns. "Wind is a complex variable," said Jeff King, a senior analyst for the Northwest Power and Conservation Council, a regional organization created by Congress to balance power production and wildlife protection in the Columbia Basin. "It's only very roughly predictable."
After the rolling blackouts in California and shortages in the Northwest, utilities and other power producers brought 3,000 megawatts of new generating capacity on line. That was mostly from natural gas-fired plants, said Terry Morlan, director of power planning at the Northwest Power Planning and Conservation Council.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Utility executives say it could be costly and unnecessary to meet Gov. Ted Kulongoski's call for them to get 25 percent of their electricity from wind, solar and geothermal sources.
Both will be built on farmland in Sherman County east of the Cascade Range and south of the Columbia River. There is no firm timetable for completion of either project, but they need to be operational by Dec. 31, 2007, to receive a federal tax credit.
The expansive project, known as the Shepherds Flat Wind Farm, calls for 300 turbines to cover 32,000 acres near Arlington in Gilliam and Morrow counties.
PORTLAND (AP) – PPM Energy, one of the largest developers of wind farms in the country, announced the construction of a 100-megawatt project near the Columbia River in Eastern Oregon.
PPM Energy, ScottishPower's competitive U.S. energy business, will begin construction this fall on the 75-megawatt (MW) Twin Buttes Wind Power Project in southeastern Colorado. And in Oregon, PPM just announced construction of the 100 MW Leaning Juniper Wind Project near Arlington, which is expected to be commercially operational later this year.
As a variable resource, it doesn't produce the nonstop electricity flow of coal-or gas-fired power plants.... But rising natural gas prices have made wind more attractive. Wind developers also benefit from federal subsidies such as a production tax credit.
The council will also review a recommendation by the Department of Energy to grant a site certificate for the Klondike III wind power project in Sherman County. The proposal calls for a peak generating capacity of 272 megawatts, which would mean erecting about 180 large windmill turbines, Stoops estimated.
If the recent agreement between Portland General Electric (PGE) and Orion Energy, LLC for development rights to construct a wind farm capable of producing between 350 and 450 megawatts (MW) of energy at the proposed 25,000-acre Biglow Canyon Wind Farm in Sherman County, Oregon, is approved by the Oregon Public Utility Commission (OPUC), it could produce enough electricity to power 100,000 homes, potentially becoming one of the largest wind power projects in the nation.
The answer to higher energy prices is blowing in the wind for Portland General Electric Co.
SALEM -- Gov. Ted Kulongoski wants all the electricity used by state agencies to come from brand-new renewable sources such as wind and sun power -- and he wants that done in an ambitious four years.