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When wind projects are under a threshold of 105 megawatts, then it is left to the counties to approve or disapprove. Counties have a strong incentive to approve these due to pressure to improve the tax base and to benefit land owners. This is the case in Steens Mountains as in other locations. See article: http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2010/02/yoking_oregons_wind_where_it_m.html. This particular project would surround the pristine Kiger Gorge (and be visible from the overlook on Steens), but the state would have no say if the project goes forward. We need to LOWER the megawatt threshold.
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