Chopin Wind Project
for the Chopin Wind Project scheduled for the
January 28th, 2016 Umatilla County Planning Commission hearing at 6:30 PM.
- Conditional Use Permit application for the Chopin Wind project turbine area, substation and interconnect
- Chopin Wind Project Substation and Interconnection information
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- Land Use Decision application for transmission line
- WKN Chopin 2010 Noise Study
Brief History on Wind Energy
Wind has been around a long time! Since ancient times, people have harnessed the winds energy. Over 5,000 years ago, the ancient Egyptians used wind to sail ships on the Nile River. Later, people built windmills to grind wheat and other grains. The earliest known windmills were in Persia (Iran). These early windmills looked like large paddle wheels. Centuries later, the people of Holland improved the basic design of the windmill. They gave it propeller-type blades, still made with sails. Holland is famous for its windmills.
American colonists used windmills to grind wheat and corn, to pump water, and to cut wood at sawmills. As late as the 1920s, Americans used small windmills to generate electricity in rural areas without electric service. When power lines began to transport electricity to rural areas in the 1930s, local windmills were used less and less, though they can still be seen on some Western ranches.
The oil shortages of the 1970s changed the energy picture for the country and the world. It created an interest in alternative energy sources, paving the way for the re-entry of the windmill to generate electricity. In the early 1980s wind energy really took off in California, partly because of state policies that encouraged renewable energy sources. Support for wind development has since spread to other states, but California still produces more than twice as much wind energy as any other state.
Like old fashioned windmills, today's wind machines use blades to collect the winds kinetic energy. Windmills work because they slow down the speed of the wind. The wind flows over the airfoil shaped blades causing lift, like the effect on airplane wings, causing them to turn. The blades are connected to a drive shaft that turns an electric generator to produce electricity.
With the new wind machines, there is still the
problem of what to do when the wind isn't blowing.
At those times, other types of power plants must be
used to make electricity.
Combine Hills Wind Project, Umatilla County, Oregon
PLEASE NOTE: The material dealing with the COSNER v UMATILLA COUNTY LUBA Appeal of the local Ordinance 2011-05, 2011-06 and 2011-07 has been moved to the Land Use Hearings page.
Planning Commission Work Sessions 2009
Presentations given at the October 22, 2009 PC Work
Session are in PDF format:
County Wind Projects Map
Umatilla County has many existing wind projects
that have been developed over the past 10 + years.
with many more in the wings. The approval
process for wind energy projects and associated
transmission lines is outlined in the County
Wind Energy Map (Revision: January 2016)
current wind projects, met towers and other features
of Umatilla County, Oregon.
Met Tower Listing, updated March 2011. Meteorological Towers are placed on a property to determine the qualities of the wind through a given period of time. Met Towers are placed on a property for up to 2 years to measure wind quality, frequency, etc.