Department of energy backs proposed wind farm #OR

The Oregon Department of Energy is backing a proposed 500-megawatt wind farm in Umatilla and Morrow counties, though the project will likely be contested because of its connection to the electrical grid. ODOE staff have recommended approving the site certificate for the Wheatridge Wind Energy Facility in a proposed order Aug. 5. If permitted, Wheatridge would add up to 292 turbines between two main areas ­— Wheatridge West, located entirely within Morrow County about seven miles northwest of Heppner, and . . .

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