The phrase “free as the wind” is sounding more and more tempting to energy users beset by the ever-rising cost of oil, natural gas and other energy sources. And although wind power isn’t free, either, it is a key part of Oregon’s push for renewable energy. It may also offer an opportunity for rural landowners. To help demystify the issue, Northwest Sustainable Energy for Economic Development (NWSEED) is conducting a series of workshops in eastern Oregon, in partnership with USDA Rural Development. The workshops will help landowners understand whether wind power is viable on their property and become familiar with all the factors one should weigh in making any decision. The workshops run from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and will be in Hood River on Sept. 16, Moro on Oct. 21, Pendleton on Oct. 28 and Baker City on Oct. 29. For details, follow the link or call 1-866-759-SEED.
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About Curt Kipp
Curt Kipp is the director of publications and communications at the Oregon Association of Nurseries, and the editor of Digger magazine.