There is one BLM-authorized wind farm in Oregon, the Lime Wind project, which began operation in December 2011. The project covers 108 acres in southeastern Baker County, at the abandoned townsite of Lime. The project produces three (3) megawatts of electricity, enough to power 800 homes. The electricity is transmitted to the Idaho Power Company and sold under the guidelines of the Public Utility Regulatory Policy Act. It is the first and so far only wind project developed on BLM lands in Oregon.
In Washington there is one authorized wind development grant right-of-way (ROW) for 0.001 acres, related to Pacifcorp’s Goodnoe Hills project, a 64 megawatt operational wind farm that lies on private lands. Right-of-way grants are required for wind testing or development structures.
Wind MOU between the BLM and the State of Oregon
In January 2009, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the State of Oregon Department of Energy announced the completion of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) regarding the environmental review and siting of future wind energy projects in the State of Oregon. The MOU documents the roles, responsibilities, and procedures to follow in conducting a joint environmental review of commercial wind energy generation development projects by the BLM and the Oregon Department of Energy.