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Shepherds Flat Wind Farm
Location Near Arlington, Oregon, United States
Owner Caithness Energy
Status Under construction
Fuel Wind farm
Turbines 338 (planned)
Installed Capacity 845 megawatts (planned)
Annual Generation 2 billion KWh

Shepherds Flat Wind Farm is a planned wind farm near Arlington, Oregon, United States. Installation of the wind turbines is scheduled to begin in 2010 and the project is expected to be fully built in 2012.[1] Built by Caithness Energy, it will supply electricity to Southern California Edison. The wind farm is projected to be the largest land-based wind farm in the world when it is completed.[2]

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Construction on the project is expected to employ 400 people to build 90 miles (140 km) of power lines and 85 miles (137 km) of roads on the 30-square-mile (78 km2) wind farm.[1] The project is located in Eastern Oregon in both Morrow and Gilliam counties, with the majority of the turbines to be in Gilliam County.[3] Oregon provided tax incentives to the developer to help land the facility,[3][4] but the project is expected to provide Gilliam County with about $5 million annually in taxes and fees when it is operating.[3] Shepherds Flat is entirely on private property approximately 5 miles (8.0 km) southeast of the city of Arlington between Oregon Route 19 and Oregon Route 74.[5]

Plans for the project first came in 2002 for a 105 megawatt project, with the plan changed to larger project in 2004.[6] The project was then submitted to the state in 2006 with plans to have the first phase online in 2008.[7] Early plans called for 303 turbines and a generating capacity of 909 megawatts.[2] At the time, it would have doubled the capacity for wind-generated power in Oregon.[8] The farm is divided into several sections, with the Willow Creek Wind Farm between two of the larger segments.[9]

Approved in 2008 by state regulators,[5] groundbreaking came in 2009.[3] The project design now includes 338 turbines built by General Electric, each with a capacity to produce 2.5 megawatts.[1] These turbines and a ten-year service contract cost a total of $1.4 billion, the largest expense on the estimated $2 billion project.[1] Generating capacity will be 845 megawatts, producing an estimated 2 billion KWh each year, enough to provide electricity to 235,000 homes.[1] Once operational, the facility will have about 35 permanent employees.[1] It is anticipated to be the largest wind farm on land at the time it is completed, with larger wind farms planned elsewhere set to surpass Shepherds Flat in later years.[5][2] The wind farm is estimated to have an economic impact of $16 million annually for Oregon.[10]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f Yousuf, Hibah (December 10, 2009). "GE to supply world's largest wind farm". CNNMoney.com. http://money.cnn.com/2009/12/10/news/companies/GE_wind_farm/index.htm?cnn=yes. Retrieved 11 December 2009.  
  2. ^ a b c "Shepherd’s Flat Wind Farm". Wind Power. Renewable Energy Development. August 5, 2008. http://renewableenergydev.com/red/wind-power-shepherds-flat-wind-farm/. Retrieved 11 December 2009.  
  3. ^ a b c d Mills, Erin (July 12, 2009). "Shepherds Flat farm lifts off". The East Oregonian. http://www.bluemountainalliance.org/news/Shepards%20Flat%20farm%20lifts%20off.pdf. Retrieved 11 December 2009.  
  4. ^ Sickinger, Ted (November 28, 2009). "Tax dollars blow away in wind projects". The Oregonian. http://www.oregonlive.com/business/index.ssf/2009/11/tax_dollars_blow_away_in_wind.html. Retrieved 11 December 2009.  
  5. ^ a b c "Oregon wind farm could be world's largest". Portland Business Journal. July 28, 2008. http://portland.bizjournals.com/portland/stories/2008/07/28/daily1.html. Retrieved 11 December 2009.  
  6. ^ Holman, James (August 11, 2008). "Wind farms whip up health fears for Oregon residents near turbines". The Oregonian. http://www.oregonlive.com/environment/index.ssf/2008/08/wind_farms_whip_up_health_fear.html. Retrieved 11 December 2009.  
  7. ^ Associated Press (July 19, 2006). "California company plans wind farm in Oregon". MSNBC. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/13937092/ns/business-oil_and_energy/. Retrieved 11 December 2009.  
  8. ^ Gunderson, Laura (July 26, 2008). "Unanimous yes vote advances". The Oregonian. http://www.oregonlive.com/business/oregonian/index.ssf?/base/business/121703731921620.xml&coll=7. Retrieved 12 December 2009.  
  9. ^ Cockle, Richard (March 26, 2009). "Oregon wind farms whip up noise, health concerns". The Oregonian. http://www.oregonlive.com/news/index.ssf/2009/03/oregon_wind_farms_whip_up_nois.html. Retrieved 12 December 2009.  
  10. ^ "World's largest wind farm coming to Oregon". Portland Business Journal. December 10, 2009. http://portland.bizjournals.com/portland/stories/2009/12/07/daily36.html. Retrieved 12 December 2009.  

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Coordinates: 45°41′45″N 120°03′33″W / 45.6958°N 120.0592°W / 45.6958; -120.0592

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