Siting council frustrated by turbine laws
People living near the proposed project who came to the meeting agreed. They said they were glad to see the council deliberating their concerns, but after a daylong meeting, they saw the need for changing the laws.
"The public comment that's been put on the table in this is eye-opening," said Beyeler.
May 21, 2011
by Samantha Tipler
in East Oregonian
The Oregon Energy Facility Siting Council reluctantly agreed to forgo a contested case against the proposed Helix Wind Power Facility at a meeting Wednesday.
But the issue that kept coming up was the need to modernize rules for establishing wind farms in Oregon.
In this case, Iberdrola Renewables originally applied for and received a site certificate from EFSC for the wind farm in July 2009. The original certificate gave the go-ahead for 60 wind turbines for a peak capacity of 102 megawatts.
In August 2010, the company applied for an expansion nearly doubling the size of the project. The amendment asks to be... [continue via Web link]