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Developer Looking for Local Utilities Interested in Wind Power

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PENDLETON, OR - The developer of a proposed wind farm in Eastern Oregon is trying to find regional utilities interested in buying the power.

The Chicago-based developer - Invenergy LLC -  plans to build as many as 280 wind turbines on private land east of Heppner. The farm could generate 500 megawatts of electricity.

But the developer has so far been unable to reach a power purchase agreement with utilities based on current market conditions - including a recent emphasis from California lawmakers favoring in-state renewable resources.

The Oregon Energy Facility Siting Council has granted Invenergy a one-year extension to apply for a site certificate. Invenergy previously developed the 72-megawatt Willow Creek facility that operates in Gilliam and Morrow counties.

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