Exec: Shift from coal could open space for more wind power in Ore.

02/21/2013 | SustainableBusinessOregon.com

The expected closure of 2,500 megawatts of coal-powered generation capacity in Oregon over the next decades would open up new opportunities for wind power developers in the state, said Renewable Northwest Project Executive Director Rachel Shimshak at the annual northwest summit of the American Wind Energy Association. The coal plant shutdowns are "a longer range strategy but the planning for the replacement power, that's underway now," said Shimshak. "I think it creates an opportunity for us to think through a much cleaner set of replacement power for these resources."

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