Oregon Approves 909-Megawatt Wind Farm

August 04, 2008

The Oregon Energy Facility Siting Council (EFSC) has approved a site certificate for the 909-megawatt (MW) Shepherds Flat Wind Farm in northcentral Oregon, about 150 miles east of Portland. Shepherds Flat will double Oregon's current wind capacity of about 889 MW.

The project is being developed by Caithness Shepherds Flat, LLC of Sacramento, California, which proposes 303 wind turbines with a peak capacity of 909 MW. The project area is between Highway 19 and Highway 74 on privately-owned land, about 5 miles southeast of Arlington. The power output of the facility would enter the Federal Columbia River Transmission System through Bonneville Power Administration's Slatt Substation.

The facility is expected to employ 250 to 300 workers during construction and up to 25 workers to operate it. Annual lease payments to the landowners help supplement farm income, and the wind farm will also provide property tax revenue to Gilliam and Morrow Counties.

"This is a tremendous day for renewable energy in Oregon," says Michael Grainey, Director of the Oregon Department of Energy, which provides staff for the council. "With the council's unanimous approval we have taken a large step toward meeting Governor Kulongoski's climate change goals by developing clean, renewable energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This also helps meet the Renewable Portfolio Standard requirement of 25% renewable electricity by 2025."

Other renewable energy projects currently being reviewed by the Oregon Department of Energy include the 400-MW Golden Hills Wind Farm in Sherman County and the 143-MW Newberry Geothermal Project in Deschutes County.

For more information, read the Oregon Department of Energy July 25 press release.

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