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Northwest News
8:06 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Study: Bats May Mistake Wind Turbines For Trees

Bats may mistake wind turbines for trees but instead of finding a place to perch, they may die.
Credit Lee Carson

An unprecedented number of bats are being killed by wind turbine blades. A new report has found bats may be mistaking wind turbines for trees.

Bats are often looking for a place to roost when the moon is bright and winds are low. That’s when the conditions can be the deadliest for bats flying near wind turbines.

U.S. Geological Survey researchers used infrared video to track movements at a wind farm. They saw more bats approaching the turbines when the blades were moving slower than when they were moving faster.

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Renewable Energy
5:02 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Floating Offshore Wind Farm Gets A Green Light

An offshore wind farm like the one pictured is proposed for the Southern Oregon Coast.
Credit Kim Hansen / Wikimedia

A proposal to build a floating wind farm off the coast of Southern Oregon took a step forward Wednesday. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and Gov. John Kitzhaber announced that a Seattle developer is now free to submit plans for the project. 

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Columbia Gorge Wind Farm
6:26 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Washington Supreme Court: Columbia Gorge Wind Farm Can Be Built

A series of windmills in the Walla Walla Valley in southeastern Washington.
Credit Thad Westhusing

The Washington Supreme Court Thursday decided that the Northwest’s first wind farm in a forested, mountainous area can move forward. Environmental groups had challenged its proximity to the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area and it's effect on wildlife habitat.

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Wind Farm Tax Credits
4:46 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Legislative Committee To Examine Wind Farm Tax Credits

Steve Wilson, Wikimedia. Oregon's Shepherds Flat Wind Farm

Originally published on Mon August 26, 2013 4:35 pm

Oregon lawmakers plan to take another look at a series of tax credits issued to an eastern Oregon wind farm. Legislators will hold a hearing to examine the project.

The renewable energy tax credit program was already controversial because lawmakers hadn't expected such an enormous response when they revamped it in 2007. Now, one New York-based company is under extra scrutiny for getting a $30 million tax credit for a wind farm known as Shepherds Flat.

Some lawmakers and lobbyists say the deal was three times as lucrative for the company as it should have been.

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Wind Energy
7:05 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Local Wind Power Keeps Energy Close To Home

Martin Fleming
Credit Courtney Flatt

You’ve probably seen large wind farms spinning on ridgelines across the Northwest. A new study has found a growing trend throughout the Northwest: small wind turbines. These are mostly single turbines in people’s backyards, on farms, or supplementing power for businesses.

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Wind Energy
6:11 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Oregon Man Sues Wind Farm Developer

After years of complaints, one Northwest man is suing an energy company that built a wind farm near his home. Residents have complained that noise from the turbines is affecting their health.

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Wind Power Batteries
6:41 am
Mon July 8, 2013

New Battery To Store Wind Energy Being Tested In Tri-Cities

A new battery power storage system that may provide some long term solutions to storing power from the electrical grid is being tested in the Tri-Cities. Steve Jackson reports.

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Wind Power Batteries
5:20 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Northwest Laboratories Develop Wind Power Storage

Credit Courtney Flatt / Northwest Public Radio

Wind isn’t always a reliable source of power. Sometimes the wind blows when there is already too much power on the grid. And sometimes there is no wind when energy is needed.

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Wind Farm Case
7:00 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Washington Supreme Court Hears Wind Farm Case

The Supreme Court of Washington Thursday heard arguments in a case about a controversial wind farm in the Columbia River Gorge. Then-Governor Chris Gregoire approved the project more than a year ago. Environmentalists say it will harm wildlife, recreation, and scenic views. For EarthFix, Courtney Flatt has more.

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Compressed Air
4:48 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Compressed Air Technology To Store Wind Energy

Renewable energy storage is one step closer becoming a reality in the Northwest. Researchers are proposing a new system that could store enough wind energy to power 80,000 homes for a month. But researchers aren’t proposing fields lined with batteries. They’re using some of the Columbia River Basin’s natural geography and compressed air.

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