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Wind Farm For Central Oregon Clears Hurdle

OPB | July 14, 2011 9:45 a.m. | Updated: Jan. 14, 2013 10:58 a.m.

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A new wind farm is on its way to construction in Central Oregon.

The Bureau of Land Management gave the West Butte Wind Power project permission to move forward Wednesday. It would be located about 30 miles East of Bend.

The project consists of about 50 wind turbines on private land. But it needed a federal permit to build a transmission line through BLM land. Sarah Rankin Stahl is a project manager for the developer, Pacific Wind Power.

“It took a lot of work with lots of different agencies, so we’re really excited to have the permit in hand, and we plan on starting construction in spring of 2012,” Stahl said.

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced the approval Thursday along with permits for two solar projects and one transmission project in California.

As part of the federal environmental review, Pacific Wind Power agreed to spend millions of dollars to help offset the wind farm’s potential impacts on central Oregon’s wildlife.

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