Air Force stalls wind farm

The Air Force holds up progress on a wind-energy farm over radar-interference concerns.

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The Air Force is holding up work on the Shepherds Flat wind-energy project, raising concerns that the project’s turbines will interfere with radar transmissions.

The wind farm would be the largest in the country and is set to break ground in May, bringing over 700 construction jobs and millions in royalty payments to rural Oregon.

But the Federal Aviation Administration, with backing from the Air Force, issued a “notice of presumed hazard” in March, barring construction of any towers above “0 feet.” The company hasn’t been able to resolve the issue, even with Oregon Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley trying to run interference.

“We’re just sitting here in no man’s land,” said Les Gelber, a Caithness Energy partner.

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