Eastern Oregon ranchers see hope in rising wind turbines
Eastern Oregon's burgeoning wind-energy industry is providing hope of financial stability for ranchers near Heppner.
Eastern Oregon's burgeoning wind-energy industry is providing hope of financial stability for ranchers in the area.
A Chicago developer's plans to build a large wind farm east of Heppner.
Landowners in the area are hoping to lease 61,000 acres _ about 95 square miles _ to Chicago-based Invenergy, a natural gas, solar and wind energy developer. Many farmers and ranchers across Eastern Oregon have benefited from similar deals in recent years.
The Invenergy project is still in the planning and permitting stages. If completed, it could generate as much as 504 megawatts from up to 310 turbines that would power about 125,000 homes, the company says.
For the landowners, the project would mean long-term lease payments to provide stability in the unstable agriculture industry.