OPPOSITION: Government officials (Oregon Energy Facility Siting Council), Local residents
BACKGROUND: Cascade Wind Farm was a proposed 40-turbine, 60-megawatt wind farm in Wasco County, Oregon. The project would have produced electricity for about 18,000 homes. Cascade Wind Farm would have also helped meet Oregon's mandatory renewable electricity standard of 25 percent renewables by 2025.
Opposition to the project focused on displeasure that the turbines would be visible along Columbia River Gorge, and on the impact the project would have on surrounding homes and wildlife.
First Wind originally submitted its application for the project in April 2007. In June 2007, the Oregon Department of Energy deemed the application incomplete, and sought more information on wildlife impacts, noise levels and other issues. In February 2008, First Wind put the project on hold while it attempted to revise its application. On January 20, 2009, amid continued permitting delays, First Wind pulled the plug on the Cascade Wind Farm.
SOURCES: Portland Business Journal: http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/stories/2009/01/19/daily64.html;
The Oregonian: http://blog.oregonlive.com/pdxgreen/2008/03/new_wind_farm_on_hold_in_the_c.html;
First Wind: http://www.firstwind.com/news/press-release-upc-wind-files-application-cascade-wind-project
Last updated November 23, 2010