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Forest Grove finds wind turbine locations with GIS technology


From the April 17, 2013 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published April 17, 2013

The Forest Grove Light & Power Department in Oregon could develop its own wind power resources in several nearby locations, according to a DEED-supported scholarship study.

The study analyzed suitable wind turbine placement locations within a 50-mile radius of Forest Grove, Ore., using geographic information system (GIS) technology. Yao Yin, a student at Oregon State University, conducted the research under the supervision of Michael Wing, associate professor of GIS and spatial analysis at OSU.

Forest Grove Light & Power serves primarily residential customers in a 21-square-mile service area of Washington County, Ore.

As the Bonneville Power Administration approaches maximum power capacity and concerns surround the volatility of fossil fuels, climate change and pollution, the utility is interested in developing its own wind power to meet growing demand, the study said.

Forest Grove Light & Power began the study in May 2010 and completed it in February 2011. It was supported by a $4,000 scholarship grant from APPA’s DEED (Demonstration of Energy & Efficiency Developments) program. Details of the research are published in the final report for the project, which is posted in the DEED Project Database.

A more detailed news story about the project appears in the spring issue of the DEED Digest. The DEED Project Database and DEED Digest newsletter are both available to all DEED-member APPA utilities.

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