Thursday, April 7, 2011

Oregon tops nation In third-quarter wind projects


Although the third quarter of 2010 was the slowest for the US power industry since 2007, Oregon was number one in the way of new capacity installed throughout the quarter according to the American Wind energy Association. With this ranking, it moves Oregon past number one Texas but it also shows an overall deceleration of wind turbines erected in the US.
The main reason for Oregon’s number one ranking is PGE’s completion of the Biglow Canyon Wind farm, which ads 76 total turbines able to produce 175 megawatts of electricity. Oregon ranks fourth overall in wind turbine capacity behind Texas, Iowa and California. As a whole, Oregon produces 2095 megawatts of power from all of its turbines. This puts it ahead of Washington’s 1964 megawatts produced by wind turbines.
Tax incentives and stimulus money equaling around 30 percent of the cost has driven Oregon to make a push for more wind turbines. Power analyst Jeff King expects Oregon to slow down its turbine expansion and he also expects California with its high demand for energy to push forward and continue development of renewable energy such as solar and wind power.

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