Deputy U.S. Energy Secretary Daniel Poneman is touring the Shepherds Flat wind farm in eastern Oregon.
Shepherds Flat has been a headliner project for the region's wind fleet. It is one of the largest wind farms in the world, with a generation capacity of 845 megawatts when all the turbines are running full throttle. As such, it has attracted high-profile equity investors such as Google, as well as scrutiny over its generous federal and state subsidies.
The U.S. Department of Energy did not provide a specific reason for Poneman's visit, other than a tour. But an agency news release said the project "taps Oregon's strong winds to generate up to 845 megawatts of emission-free wind power, enough clean electricity to power nearly 260,000 homes."
Read more at OregonLive.com.