Monday, February 6, 2012

More News on Wind and Forests

We recently posted two articles: one about wind farm incomes, and another about federal payments in lieu of logging of federal lands. Two recent articles from The Oregonian revisit these subjects.

In the classic book, Don Quixote, the protagonist tilted at windmills in Spain. In modern times, Spanish renewable energy company Iberdrola (which has many wind energy farms) has been courted by the city of Portland to stay. An article by the Oregonian notes that "Portland officials said they'd offered a $1,155,000 grant to keep Iberdrola's North American headquarters in the city for at least seven years." Public documents peg Iberdrola's Portland payroll at about "$72 million as of 2010." For more information, read the full article.

Another Oregonian article states that the U.S. Department of Agriculture allocated $48.4 million that will restore 422,000 acres of forest in Malheur and Fremont-Winema national forests and will "retain or create more than 242" jobs over a ten year span. The complete article has more details.

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