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.
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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.
A nine-member central steering committee is being formed to explore all of the available options. The county is seeking people who either have knowledge or expertise in wind, hydro or biomass production.
The streamlined rules establish new procedures for demonstrating wind energy facility compliance with existing noise control standards. These standards are used by the Oregon Energy Facility Siting Council to evaluate the location of new energy facilities.