Deputy U.S. Energy Secretary to tour wind farm

Deputy U.S. Energy Secretary to tour wind farm

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.

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