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 West 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 West Ridge project in the state Energy Facility Siting Council (EFSC) process. Expected on line date is 2013.
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
Long time community leader Charley Otley is the head of the family who owns the parcels that make up CEP’s West Ridge project. At 88, he is past president of the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association, served 9 years on the Board of Directors of the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City and is a forceful advocate for a project he sees as vitally important to the community as a whole.
“I have seen the good times come and go in Harney County,”
“When the mills were operating full bore, people did well. When they shut down for good, you had to wonder what would happen to this place? Wind power will be the best possible thing that could happen to our area, with jobs and taxes and the like. We’ve got to have this or I just don’t know what will happen. That’s why I’m for it and why I’m going to do whatever I can to help make it happen.”