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 Echanis Project will be approximately 100 MW in nameplate capacity. Project will connect to the existing “grid” via the Harney Electric Cooperative system. A long term power purchase agreement for output from the project has been concluded with Southern California Edison.
Status of Project
Land use permit completed. Permit for easements to connect to grid in process. Expected on line date is 2011.
Estimated annual average wind speed = 20 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.
- 3 years of environmental studies (pdf documents at right) in the Greater Echanis vicinity including:
- Avian & Raptor Surveys
- Special Status Wildlife Species
- Special Status Plant Status
- Sensitive Species Survey
- Cultural Studies for transmission line and project
History and Background
“Echanis” was the name of the Basque family that settled on the north slopes of Steens Mountain in the early years of the 20th century. Each year, they herded sheep from the Echanis to Idaho and back, following the grass with their flocks.
CEP’s Echanis project is located on private property, known as the Mann Lake Ranch in a remote area of Harney County, Oregon. It’s 90 miles to a gallon of milk from the ranch, including 20 miles of dirt (county) road.
The Echanis project will produce more than half of its power during the winter months (Dec-March) at a time when the NW’s hydro and Gorge-area wind projects are at their lowest levels of production. This resource (and geographical diversity) is vitally important in making renewable energy a more efficient, cost-effective pillar of supply for our region.