A wind energy developer has withdrawn its site certification application for a controversial wind farm proposed for Wasco County.
First Wind, which had proposed the 60-megawatt Cascade Wind Farm, withdrew its application in a Jan. 20 letter to the Oregon Department of Energy. The project met opposition for its proximity to residences and the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area.
Aside from its proximity to the Gorge, the site on Seven Mile Hill near The Dalles had “complex terrain that provided challenging road and wildlife habitat issues,” according to a Department of Energy news release.
Several public meetings yielded hundreds of public comments about the development, the department said.
The application was first submitted in April 2007 by UPC Wind Development LLC, which later changed its name to First Wind. The company in February 2008 put the project on hold while it considered revisions to the application. The Department of Energy asked the company earlier this month for an update on the project.
“This once again demonstrates that the state’s energy facility siting process works well to assure that energy facilities do not have an undue impact on Oregon citizens and the environment,” Bob Shiprack, chair of the Oregon Energy Facility Siting Council, said in a news release. “With Cascade Wind, we appreciate the public’s involvement and participation which was often positive and constructive.”