EDP Renewables withdrew its controversial application to build the Antelope Ridge wind farm near La Grande.
The proposed 300 megawatt project comprised some 160 turbines in the rolling mountains above the Grande Ronde Valley, about 10 miles southeast of La Grande. It was highly controversial, dividing residents of Union County. A majority of Union County residents — 52 percent — voted against siting the wind farm in 2010, though the vote was only advisory. Opponents cited wildlife and other environmental concerns, coupled with the visual impact on one of Oregon's most scenic valleys. Other residents supported the project because of potential tax revenues and employment prospects.
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