Project is located on private land in a remote area of Harney County, Oregon.
Up to 104MW
Number of Turbines
Estimate 40-60 turbines, depending on model deployed.
The average kilowatt hours for this project will be enough to power approximately 30,000 homes.
The East Ridge Project will be approximately 100 MW in nameplate capacity. Project will connect to the existing “grid” via the same line connecting Echanis to the grid, though the connector will be extended to “tap” the existing PacifiCorp transmission line.
Status of Project
Land use permits have not yet been submitted. CEP may chose to process the East Ridge project in the state Energy Facility Siting Council (EFSC) process. Expected on line date is 2012.
Estimated annual average wind speed = 18 MPH. Most production will be in critical winter months when Columbia River Gorge area wind projects are at lowest production, which means the region will need less fossil-fueled generation to “balance” the resource mix.
No land use permits have been submitted for this project at this time.
Site specific studies for the East Ridge project are part of the 3 years of environmental studies in the Greater Echanis vicinity including:
- Avian & Raptor Surveys
- Special Status Wildlife Species
- Special Status Plant Status
- Sensitive Species Survey
History and Background
The East Ridge project lies on private property owned by the Otley family. The ranch operation is a true family business, with three generations actively involved in daily work.
Fred Otley manages overall operations on the ranch, including years of work to improve habitat for wildlife and sage grouse.
“We’ve worked with the BLM and the state Fish & Wildlife to cut back the juniper that dry out the country and make life harder for the sage grouse,”
“Over the past ten years, we’ve created the kind of checkerboard habitat scientists think is best for sage grouse. Cows help play a role in keeping the country open and hospitable for sage grouse and other species. I believe wind turbines will play a beneficial role in that effort as well.”