>La Grande Observer | Union and Wallowa Counties' News Leader

Observer news NE Oregon Classifieds Web
web powered by Web Search Powered by Google

Follow LaGrandeObserver.com

La Grande Observer print edition

view all La Grande Observer print publications »

The Observer paper 11/21/14

The LaGrande Observer is now online in a Replica E-edition form and publishes Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Current subscribers have full access to the E-edition.

View Paper

If you are not a current subscriber, subscribe today for immediate access.

Subscribe


Recent article comments

Powered by Disqus

Home arrow News arrow Local News arrow FARMERS EYE WIND'S POTENTIAL

Print

FARMERS EYE WIND'S POTENTIAL

POWER IN THE WIND: Nearly 170 people packed into Our Lady of the Valley Parish Hall Thursday to learn ways to benefit from the breezes that blow through the Grande Ronde Valley. (The Observer/LAURA MACKIE-HANCOCK).
POWER IN THE WIND: Nearly 170 people packed into Our Lady of the Valley Parish Hall Thursday to learn ways to benefit from the breezes that blow through the Grande Ronde Valley. (The Observer/LAURA MACKIE-HANCOCK).

By Alice Perry Linker

Observer Staff Writer

The wind that whips through Union County summer and winter is mostly considered a nuisance, but county people are learning that the constant breeze could blow in dollars.

About 170 people gathered Thursday at Our Lady of the Valley Parish Hall to learn about the value of wind-powered energy and farming the wind.

Many ranchers and farmers attended the day-long forum, looking for a way to reduce energy costs. Wind power can be compatible with farming, and the technology for harnessing the wind allows the farmer to develop various levels of power production.

Developing energy can be a source of income, as a federal law requires the major energy producer in the area to buy excess energy from smaller, individual producers.

Heather Rhoads-Weaver of Northwest Sustainable Energy for Economic Development (SEED) said wind turbines windmills can be developed for small-scale use, such as pumping irrigation water.

Northwest SEED has developed wind maps showing areas where the greatest sustainable winds blow. Not surprisingly, parts of the Grande Ronde Valley show strong winds.

But building a windmill farm is not easy, Rhoads-Weaver said, and there are building and maintenance costs that must be considered.

It takes a lot of work to get a project in the ground, she said. Its definitely not a cookie-cutter project.

A landowner can take three separate paths to developing wind power: Leasing the ground to a wind developer, developing the system individually or creating a cooperative of wind farmers.

Rhoads-Weaver pointed to the value of creating wind cooperatives and said a co-op can start small to make sure a site is wind-favorable, and then gradually grow.

Wind developers put up high towers, and may lock up the land, she said.

On the other hand, wind developers take care of research and create a plan. Developing wind power individually or through a cooperative requires research and planning.

Rhoads-Weaver was one of a half dozen presenters during the workshop. Following her presentation, she said that Thursdays was the sixth in the past three months in Eastern Oregon and Eastern Washington.

Quite a few landowners are taking the do-it-yourself approach, she said.

Thursdays forum was sponsored by Oregon Rural Action, the Union County Extension Service and the Eastern Oregon Review.

Reach Alice Perry Linker at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Print

blog comments powered by Disqus
News
Local / Sports / Business / State / National / Obituaries / Public Notices
Opinion
Editorials / Letters / Guest Columns / Columnists
Features
Outdoors / Ag / Spiritual / Go Magazine / Portraits
Classifieds
View all classifieds / Jobs / Autos / Real Estate / Rentals / Place an Ad
The Observer
About / Contact / Commercial Printing / Subscriptions / Terms of Use / Site Map
Also Online
Photo Reprints / Slideshows / Weather and Valley Cam / /index.php?option=com_rss&feed=RSS2.0&no_html=1">RSS Feed ?> RSS Feed

Follow La Grande Observer headlines on Follow La Grande Observer headlines on Twitter

© Copyright 2001 - 2014 Western Communications, Inc. All rights reserved. By Using this site you agree to our Terms of Use

purchase office 2010 professional adobe illustrator cs3 download mac download 2010 office
  • cheap windows 7 retail key download photoshop elements 8 mac cheap quicken 2010
  • download office 2011 buy ms office 2013 online buy adobe cs4 design standard mac
  • order office 2007 microsoft http://web.taftcollege.edu/athletics/alu... 1 password 3 for mac
    cialis générique 5mg viagra pharmacie en ligne meilleurs sites pour viagra
    tadalafil köpa precio viagra 50 kamagra online españa
    http://www.nhcadsv.org/book9/index.php?p... http://www.nhcadsv.org/book9/index.php?p... ou acheter du levitra
    purchase outlook 2010 standalone indesign mac office 2010 oem bulk licence