Energy Northwest, partners drop 80 MW wind project in Washington - report
Nov 18, 2011 - US power supplier Energy Northwest and four local utilities have terminated their proposed 80 MW Radar Ridge wind power project in the state of Washington due to environmental permit restrictions, local daily Tri-City Herald reported yesterday.
Public utility districts Pacific County, Grays Harbor, Clallam County and Mason County are Energy Northwest's partners in the project.
Energy Northwest's vice president for energy business services, Jack Baker, said that the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) had proposed new restrictions for the project which is located in an area that is a habitat for marbled murrelet, a threatened seabird species.
Energy Northwest had learned that a draft for a required fish and wildlife environmental impact statement would require the wind project to be shut down for six months of the year in the daylight hours. Also, only a five-year permit would be granted instead of a 25-year permit.
The project partners have so far spent USD 4 million (EUR 3m) on the project, and Energy Northwest was uneasy about pouring up to USD 750,000 more to finish the regulatory process with an uncertain end, the daily added.