On Nov. 20, the Whitman County Board of Adjustment approved construction of two meteorological towers to measure if wind is a reliable energy source for the area.
“If data come back positively, the next step is to apply for a wind-generating facility,” County Planner Alan Thomson said.
Thomson said the towers are one step toward complying with Initiative 937, which mandates Washington utilities get at least 15 percent of their energy from renewable sources by 2020. The initiative was put on the Washington ballot and passed in 2006.
“Clean, renewable energy is a big deal right now,” Thomson said. “Finding different energy sources is really important for the U.S.” The 40-foot testing towers will be placed west of Oakesdale and north of Rosalia.