Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Massive Oregon Wind Farm Becomes America's Biggest: 825 Megawatts & 2 Billion Kilowatt-hours

America loves big, and now it has a new biggest wind farm--a 845 megawatt colossus, called Shepherds Flat in Oregon.  www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/caithness-shepherds-flat-commences-official-operations-becomes-one-of-the-worlds-largest-wind-farms-170832256.html.  The Shepherds Flat will generate 2 billion kilowatt-hours of power each year and beats the former number 1 wind farm in North America, the 781.5 megawatt Roscoe Wind farm in Texas. www.cbsnews.com/2100-503023_162-5358287.html.

Four hundred workers built Shepherds Flat, and it will provide $37 million per year in payments to state and local governments. Forty-five permanent positions were created to operate and maintain the wind farm.  The zero-fuel cost facility is among the lowest production or operating cost (much less than 1 cent per kilowatt-hour) sources of electricity in the USA.

Zero fuel cost also means zero water consumption, zero water discharges, and zero-air pollution. The wind farm will avoid 1.483 million metric tons of carbon dioxide per year as well as considerable amounts of other air pollutants.

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