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ODFW and EDP Renewables North America agree to a solution for the coexistence of wildlife and the proposed Antelope Ridge Wind Farm

November 14, 2011

SALEM, Ore.—The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and EDP Renewables announced today a series of plans designed to avoid, minimize and mitigate wildlife impacts of the proposed Antelope Ridge Wind Farm.  The series of plans include provisions that will help managers better understand the impacts of wind farms on wildlife.

The mediated process was convened by Governor Kitzhaber’s office in April 2011 and was the result of numerous negotiation sessions. The plans will now go to the Oregon Energy Facility Siting Council for review in its site certificate process.

“We want to thank the Governor’s office for bringing both parties together and helping us craft a plan which is good for environment and will help Oregon meet its renewable energy and economic development goals. Furthermore, we feel this process and outcome demonstrates that renewable energy developers and wildlife agencies can collaborate productively in the state of Oregon,” said Andrew Young, Executive Vice President, Western Region for EDPR NA.

“This agreement strikes a balance between protecting Oregon’s natural resources and allowing sustainable economic development which is so important to our state,” said Roy Elicker, ODFW Director.

The proposed Antelope Ridge Wind Farm is located in Union County. The up to 300 MW project would represent an approximately $600 million investment in the county.  It is estimated the wind farm will create up to 165 jobs during construction and up to 20 full-time family-wage jobs once the project is completed. The wind farm will tentatively provide up to $42 million in local tax revenues.

Find mitigation agreement documents on ODFW’s website, http://www.dfw.state.or.us/conservationstrategy/antelope_ridge.asp

 About the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
ODFW’s mission is to protect and enhance Oregon's fish and wildlife and their habitats for use and enjoyment by present and future generations. The Department‘s policies are set by the Fish and Wildlife Commission.  ODFW is headquartered in Salem and works through a regional management structure that allows for fish and wildlife management at the local level. 

About EDP Renewables North America LLC
EDPR NA and its subsidiaries develop, construct, own and operate wind farms throughout North America. Based in Houston, Texas with 28 wind farms across the United States and Canada, EDPR NA has developed and operates more than 3,500 MW of wind farms in 11 states. EDPR NA’s highly qualified team has a proven capacity to develop, construct, own and operate high quality wind farms.

About the Oregon Energy Facility Siting Council
The Energy Facility Siting Council is appointed by the governor. Oregon Department of Energy employees serve as staff members for the Council, handling the ongoing work required in the regulation of energy facilities.  A qualified energy facility developer must apply to the EFSC for a site certificate. The EFSC considers its own standards and also the applicable rules and ordinances of state and local agencies. If a proposed energy facility meets the Council’s standards, EFSC must issue a site certificate. If the facility does not meet one or more of the Council’s standards, a site certificate will not be issued unless the applicant can show overall public benefits of the facility.

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Contact:

Rick Hargrave, ODFW Information and Education Deputy Director, (503) 947-6020
Roby Roberts, EDP Renewables, (503) 535-1537

 
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