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Grays Harbor PUD
Uncertain about Wind Farm

by Associated Press
Seattle Post-Intelligencer, May 12, 2010

Energy Northwest A view from Radar Ridge looking out to the Pacific Ocean. Energy Northwest and a group of utilities, including the Grays Harbor and Pacific County PUDs, hope to build a wind farm on the site, located near Naselle. ABERDEEN, Wash. -- Grays Harbor PUD commissioners say they're reluctant to proceed with a proposed wind farm in Pacific County without better assurances about regulatory permits.

The Daily World reports commissioners are unwilling to shell out another $1.37 million without knowing whether they'll get eventual approval from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Energy Northwest is proposing an 82-megawatt wind farm on Radar Ridge near Naselle with Grays Harbor, Clallam, Pacific and Mason County PUDs.

Conservationists are concerned about the impacts of wind turbines to the marbled murrelet, a small seabird on the federal endangered species list.

New estimates put pre-construction costs at about $5.2 million. Grays Harbor has already spent $845,250.

Information from: The Daily World

Associated Press
Grays Harbor PUD Uncertain about Wind Farm
Seattle Post-Intelligencer, May 12, 2010

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