New Wind Farm Destined for Oregon

Zilkha Renewable Energy has officially filed plans for a new wind farm in Northeast Oregon. To be named the “Elkhorn Wind Power Project,” the project is planned for development on a site near Telocaset and Pyles Canyon, approximately six miles east of the town of North Powder in Union County.

Union County, Oregon [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] Zilkha Renewable Energy has officially filed plans for a new wind farm in Northeast Oregon. To be named the “Elkhorn Wind Power Project,” the project is planned for development on a site near Telocaset and Pyles Canyon, approximately six miles east of the town of North Powder in Union County. Zilkha envisions that the Elkhorn Project will feature up to 70 wind turbines, generating enough power to serve the annual needs of over 25,000 Northwest homes. The company estimates that the capital cost of the project will exceed $100 million. The power generated from the turbines will be delivered to Pacific Northwest customers via Idaho Power Co. high-voltage transmission lines running near the site. The project should be completed and operational in 2006 or 2007. “We are very excited about the Elkhorn Wind Power Project,” said Hilary Foote, project manager at Zilkha Renewable Energy. “Everyone we’ve worked with has been very supportive in developing the project and we are confident that it’s going to be a success for Union County and for the environment.” Wildlife surveys conducted over the past two and a half years indicate environmental impacts will be minimal, according to the company. Existing land uses in the area are primarily cattle grazing, which is compatible with wind development because livestock can be grazed right up to the base of the turbine. “What a great win-win for Zilkha Renewable Energy, and the citizens of Union County,” said State Representative Greg Smith (R-Heppner). “The economic benefit of this renewable energy project is a real plus.” Zilkha is also in the final developing stages of another wind farm in the Northwest, the 230-MW Wild Horse Wind Power Project in Kittitas County, Wash. The project, located 15 miles east of Ellensburg, was approved by the Washington State Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) in May and the permit is awaiting the governor’s signature. In addition, Zilkha Renewable Energy has signed a letter of intent with Puget Sound Energy. Construction of the Wild Horse Wind Power Project is expected to begin this fall. Information courtesy of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA)
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