Wind Farm Company Takes Wait and See Approach After Proposal Voted Down
Yakima, wa - Horizon Wind Energy says it’s taking a “wait and see approach” after Kittitas County Commissioners voted unanimously against a proposed $190 million wind farm 12 miles northwest of Ellensburg.
County commissioners voted no when the company balked at increasing the setbacks between turbine towers and homes to over 2000 feet. Joy Potter, a project manager on the wind farm proposal, says the company was "surprised by decision."
Horizon Wind Energy could take its case to the state. The energy facility site evaluation council has the power to over rule the county. Right now, that looks like the most likely option.
Potter says they probably won’t abandon the project because they have already invested so much money in it. And they won’t concede to the demands of county commissioners to increase the setbacks as they say that would make the project economically unviable.