Articles from Oregon

Umatilla County rejects wind farm plan

The board voted 3-0 against the application and found Wheatridge failed “to provide adequate evidence to comply with Umatilla County and state of Oregon standards” and the “application does not comply with relevant state law standards and should be denied.”
22 Sep 2015

Wind energy gets blown away by shifting patterns in the West

The government's Energy Information Administration detailed the findings earlier this month in a study that showed falling wind energy production in California, Oregon and Washington state — typically known as a bastion for clean energy development. The agency didn't say how the wind energy slump would affect the electric grid, but it did say it could hinder wind farms from taking advantage of a key federal tax subsidy and harm their economic viability. Clean energy companies rely on the subsidy to fund projects. ...Even small changes in wind speed can dramatically reduce electricity output from wind turbines.
20 Aug 2015

Boardman to Hemingway line may skip farmland, cross Navy range

Jerry Rietmann, co-owner of the Ione-based Wheatridge Wind Energy, said the plan would make best use of both energy corridors to meet the region’s power needs. The route along the east side of Bombing Range Road could also become a singular site for new wind energy transmission, Rietmann said. Wheatridge Wind Energy is proposing a 500-megwatt wind farm in southern Morrow and Umatilla counties.
20 Aug 2015

Oregon offshore wind project’s troubles leave the DOE 0-for-3 so far

A bill in the Oregon Legislature’s current session would have required the state’s two big investor-owned utilities, Pacific Power and Portland General Electric, to buy WindFloat’s ouput, with the above-market costs flowing through to ratepayers. But the utilities wanted no part of it and the bill went nowhere. The DOE has said developers can’t continue on the funding track without a power off-take agreement, and all three projects are facing an end-of-July deadline to report on their progress.
25 Jun 2015

Oregon offshore wind project’s troubles leave the DOE 0-for-3 so far

A year ago, the feds whittled their way from seven proposed projects, each of which had received $4 million in design and planning support, to a trio that would get as much as $47 million apiece to help fund construction. The goal was to have the projects up and running in 2017, but all three – Fishermen’s Energy in New Jersey, Dominion Virginia Power’s VOWTAP and now WindFloat – are facing potentially fatal cost-related challenges.
25 Jun 2015

Wyden says Fossil radar holding back wind energy

An outdated Air Force radar in Fossil is holding back nearly 4,000 megawatts of proposed wind energy across Eastern Oregon and Washington, according to U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon. Wyden is now asking top officials at the Pentagon and Federal Aviation Administration to replace the system with technology that can overcome interference, or “clutter,” created by turbines.
28 May 2015

Oregon's signature solar energy project built on foundation of false hopes and falsehoods

Interviews and an examination of thousands of pages of documents show that state officials wrongly awarded millions in state tax credits, turning a blind eye to phony documents. The project also was dogged by an international trade war, a bitter corporate rivalry and a stunning twist that traded high-paid Oregon jobs for prison labor at 93 cents an hour.
27 Feb 2015

Kitzhaber-backed 'clean fuels' program a hidden tax on gas:

All of these policies are going to make it more costly to produce gasoline and diesel. In fact, that's the intended purpose of so-called "market-based" schemes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. By making the energy we need and use every day more costly to produce, other energy supplies — like wind, solar, biofuels and hydrogen fuel cells — will become more competitive. 
26 Sep 2014

Proposed wind farm causing concerns

“People think there’s some farmer going out and turning these things (wind turbines) on, but it’s actually huge corporations, and my concern is that they are so intent on getting what they want they’re not looking at everything,” he said. “These are tiny dots of towns out here, with no expert city staff or attorneys."
17 Aug 2014

Vestas considering move of Portland headquarters to Colorado

The West Coast, meanwhile, has lost some of its renewable energy luster. It was once one of the fastest growing markets for wind turbines as utilities in Oregon, Washington and California rushed to meet their respective states' renewable energy mandates. But that growth has slowed as utilities achieved initial state targets and California switched its focus to solar.
10 May 2014

US Navy tells E.on to move turbines

The developer will relocate the turbines, which are part of the 535MW Brush Canyon wind farm, due to the navy's concerns over the obstruction of flight paths from the nearby Boardman naval weapons systems training facility.
8 May 2014

Oregon Senate passes bill to protect state renewable energy mandates

A bill designed to shield Oregon's renewable energy mandates from a potentially game-changing ballot measure sailed through the Senate's Business and Transportation Committee Tuesday, even as opponents called it a back-room deal hatched to benefit industry insiders and ignore average citizens. ...Irene Gilbert said the bill circumvents the opportunity for citizens negatively impacted by the renewable mandates to have a say in what is counted toward meeting them.
26 Feb 2014

Compromise on renewable energy would keep measure off Oregon ballot; Smaller utilities looking for standards to be eased

A recent influx of power-hungry data centers is pushing smaller Eastern Oregon utilities closer to large-utility status. Faced with the prospect of complying with the tougher standards, a lobbyist for the Umatilla Electric Cooperative has been collecting signatures for a ballot measure that would allow Umatilla and other consumer-owned utilities to get around the mandates.
17 Feb 2014

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