The Dalles, Oregon [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] UPC Wind announced that its proposed Cascade Wind Project moved a step closer to construction when UPC filed its site certification application with the Oregon Energy and Facility Siting Council (EFSC) to build the proposed 60-megawatt (MW) wind farm in Wasco County.The Council serves the Oregon Department of Energy. The EFSC Site Certification for the Cascade Wind Project is expected to be granted early next year and, according to UPC Wind, there could be commercial wind farm operation by the end of 2008. UPC Wind has proposed construction of 40 General Electric wind turbine generators at the Cascade Wind Farm site. Each turbine has a 1.5-MW production capacity. If approved, Cascade Wind will connect to Bonneville Power Agency’s electricity grid. “Cascade Wind is positioned to help Oregon take a national leadership role in renewable energy production. We are excited to be working with so many people dedicated to expanding clean, green and environmentally responsible energy options in the northwest,” said Paul Gaynor, President and CEO of UPC Wind. “Filing our application today is a solid step forward in our plans to develop the Cascade Wind Project, which will greatly expand Oregon’s wind energy capacity.” The UPC Wind studies directly address many of the EFSC’s siting standards including fish and wildlife habitat protection, security for threatened and endangered species, impact of facility on scenic and aesthetic values and recreation areas. UPC Wind has worked extensively with the EFSC to confirm that they meet the Council’s rigorous siting standards. UPC will hold a community open house on Wednesday, May 23, at 7 p.m. at the Gorge Discovery Center. The event will include presentations about detailed project plans and concepts during the EFSC application process.