Wind power in Oregon

A number of wind power projects are underway in the U.S. state of Oregon. Laws passed by the Oregon Legislative Assembly in 1999 and 2007 have aimed to encourage both small and large wind projects.

Oregon's wind facts are as follows: [http://www.awea.org/projects/projects.aspx?s=Oregon U.S. Wind Energy Projects - Oregon] ]
* Power Capacity - Existing projects (MW): 438.14
* Power Capacity - Projects under construction (MW): 462.25
* Rank In US (by Existing Capacity): 9
* Rank In US (by Potential Capacity): 23
* Potential Capacity (in MW): 4870
* Annual Energy (in billion kWh): 43

Oregon passed a net metering law in 1999 which helped encourage installation of small wind power systems. [ [http://www.eere.energy.gov/windandhydro/windpoweringamerica/astate_template.asp?stateab=or Oregon Wind Activities] ] As of 2008, a handful of Oregonians have installed small scale wind power systems to reduce their carbon footprint. [cite news
title=Oregon farmer cuts costs with wind power
first=Dana
last=Tims
work=The Seattle Post Intelligencer
date=June 22, 2008
]

"Under Senate Bill 838, wind, solar, geothermal and other types of renewable power must account for 25 percent of an electric utility's retail sales by 2025. Intermediate requirements set the standard at 5 percent by 2011, climbing gradually until 2025." [ [http://www.solaroregon.org/about/news_folder/power-bill-glides-through-senate/?searchterm=landmark Power bill glides through Senate 2007] ]

See also

* Biglow Canyon Wind Farm

References

External links

* [http://www.oregonlive.com/oregonian/stories/index.ssf?/base/science/1197476710209840.xml&coll=7 Oregonian - Tower of power]
* [http://www.eere.energy.gov/states/state_specific_information.cfm/state=OR Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in Oregon]
* [http://www.awea.org/projects/projects.aspx?s=Oregon U.S. Wind Energy Projects - Oregon]
* [http://www.eere.energy.gov/windandhydro/windpoweringamerica/astate_template.asp?stateab=or Oregon Wind Activities]
* [http://www.awea.org/smallwind/oregon_sw.html Small Wind in Oregon]


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