Scenic-view decision casts cloud over wind prospects
In its reconsideration petition, which the EFSEC declined last month, WRE says the scaled-down project - with 15 turbines eliminated - would probably not be economically viable, partly because there is no room for larger turbines that could return the wind farm to its proposed capacity.
January 17, 2012
by Benjamin Romano
in Recharge News
A decision by Washington state siting authorities to protect scenic views calls into question the state's process for reviewing wind-energy projects.
The state Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) has declined to reconsider its October decision, which approved the 75MW Whistling Ridge wind project near the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, but ordered it to be reduced by 30%. The decision moves what would be the first wind farm on commercial timberland in the Evergreen State "further away from viability".
Both the developer, Whistling Ridge Energy (WRE), along with local governments supporting the project, and opponents, including Friends... [continue via Web link]