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Part of the Biglow Canyon Wind Farm, with a turbine under construction

A number of wind power projects are underway in the U.S. state of Oregon.

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Potential capacity and legislative actions

Oregon's wind facts are as follows:[1]

  • Power Capacity - Existing projects (MW): 1,758.14
  • Power Capacity - Projects under construction (MW): 336.5
  • Rank In US (by Existing Capacity): 6
  • Rank In US (by Potential Capacity): 23
  • Potential Capacity (in MW): 4870
  • Annual Energy (in billion kWh): 43

Laws passed by the Oregon Legislative Assembly in 1999 and 2007 have aimed to encourage both small and large wind projects. Oregon passed a net metering law in 1999 which helped encourage installation of small wind power systems.[2] As of 2008, a handful of Oregonians have installed small scale wind power systems to reduce their carbon footprint.[3] In 2009, 691 MW of wind-powered capacity was added in Oregon, the fourth biggest increase in the U.S. that year.[4]

"Under Senate Bill 838, wind, solar, geothermal and other types of renewable power must account for 25 percent of an electric utility's retail sales by 2025. Intermediate requirements set the standard at 5 percent by 2011, climbing gradually until 2025."[5] Vestas, one of the larger manufacturers of wind turbines, has its North American headquarters in Portland.

Historical wind power capacity

United States installed wind power capacity animation 561px.gif

Oregon's wind power capacity (in MWs)[6] with the animated chart on the right showing historical installed wind power capacity in US states from 1999 to 2009.

Year Amount Change  % Change
1999 25 0 0.00%
2000 25 0 0.00%
2001 157 132 528.00%
2002 218 61 38.85%
2003 259 41 18.81%
2004 263 4 1.54%
2005 338 75 28.52%
2006 438 100 29.59%
2007 885 447 102.05%
2008 1,067 182 20.56%
2009 1,758 691 64.76%

See also

References

  1. ^ http://www.awea.org/projects/projects.aspx?s=Oregon Retrieved 2010-02-08
  2. ^ Oregon Wind Activities
  3. ^ Tims, Dana (June 22, 2008). "Oregon farmer cuts costs with wind power". The Seattle Post Intelligencer. 
  4. ^ Preusch, Matthew (January 30, 2010). "Oregon fourth among states for new wind capacity". The Oregonian. http://www.oregonlive.com/environment/index.ssf/2010/01/oregon_fourth_among_states_for.html. Retrieved 31 January 2010. 
  5. ^ Kinsey-Hill, Gail (April 11, 2007). "Power bill glides through Senate". The Oregonian. http://www.solaroregon.org/about/news_folder/power-bill-glides-through-senate/?searchterm=landmark. 
  6. ^ "Wind Powering America: Installed U.S. Wind Capacity and Wind Project Locations". U.S. Department of Energy. 2010-02-17. http://www.windpoweringamerica.gov/wind_installed_capacity.asp. Retrieved 2010-02-18. 

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