Powering Up With Wind
Wind farms in the northeast section of Sherman County serve as an additional economic driver. Living on the cusp between the hot desert lands to the east and the cool moist intermountain valley and ocean to the west creates ample winds for power generation.
Currently, wind fuels the 400-megawatt Klondike Wind Farm located four miles southeast of Wasco, as well as the 450-megawatt Biglow Canyon Wind Farm just to the north. The Klondike project, owned by Iberdrola Renewables, Inc., use 44 Siemens 2.3 MW wind turbines, 1 Mitsubishi 2.4 wind turbine and 197 GE 1.5 MW wind turbines. These wind farms supply clean, renewable electricity to Portland General Electric, Bonneville Power Administration, the Eugene Water & Electric Board and others.
Harvesting a clean, renewable source of energy helps meet the Northwest’s demand for cost-competitive electric power while benefiting our rural economies. The American Wind Energy Association estimates that each megawatt of wind power provides enough energy to light up 300 average American homes each year. Local communities benefit from jobs, property taxes from wind farm owners, annual lease payments to property owners, energy supply security and tourist appeal.
Modern wind turbines stand about 400 feet high from the bottom of the tower to the tip of the highest blade.