Friday, September 24, 2004

Kittitas Valley Wind Project Put on Hold

According to this report in the Yakima Herald-Republic, developers of the Kittitas Valley Wind Power Project, in Washington state, have decided to put the proposal on hold in order to address legal questions surrounding the project. The report notes that the developer, Zilkha Renewable Energy, is "asking the state Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council — which makes recommendations to the governor on large power projects — to pre-empt local land use and zoning ordinances now blocking wind farm development anywhere in the county. It would be the council's first such preemption."

The decision to put the Kittitas Valley project on hold was apparently also driven by a recent agreement between Puget Sound Energy and Zilkha to purchase a separate Zilkha project - the Wild Horse Project - for over $300 million. With the PSE agreement on the Wild Horse project in place, Zilkha has shifted its focus to get that project on-line as quickly as possible.

Reports on the Wild Horse agreement between PSE and Zilkha came out earlier this week. KOMO-TV had this report on the agreement, and more details are available in this article from Energy Info News.

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