Oregon To Be Home of 909-MW Wind Farm

The Oregon Energy Facility Siting Council has approved a site certificate for the 909-megawatt (MW) Shepherds Flat Wind Farm. Located in Gilliam and Morrow counties, Shepherds Flat will double Oregon’s current wind operating capacity of about 889 MW.

“This is a tremendous day for renewable energy in Oregon,” said Michael Grainey, director of the Oregon Department of Energy. “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.”

The project is being developed by Caithness Shepherds Flat LLC of Sacramento, California, which has proposed a plan that includes installing 303 wind turbines with a total peak capacity of 909 MW. The power output of the facility would enter the Federal Columbia River Transmission System through Bonneville Power Administration’s Slatt Substation.

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.

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