Union County votes against wind farm
By Christina Williams, Sustainable Business Oregon
Sustainable Business Oregon
Voters in Union County used their ballots to speak out against wind farms this week, defeating by a slim majority a resolution to support development of the 300-megawatt Antelope Ridge wind farm that's been proposed in the region by Horizon Wind Energy.
The vote is non binding, but it illustrates the anti-wind sentiment that is spreading among some rural communities with abundant wind resources.
Horizon Wind Energy, which has its western regional office in Portland and is based in Houston, filed an initial application to build Antelope Ridge, which at about 300-megawatts would produce enough energy to power about 80,000 homes, last year and has already offered to scale down the project in response to community concerns.
The Bend Bulletin reports that Horizon Wind is "disappointed by the vote" but is planning to continue working on plans for the development with the Energy Facility Siting Council.
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