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Winds of change in Klickitat County: the Harvest Wind Project

Michael Phillips (Daimler Trucks NA, Portland, Oregon, USA.)
David Watson (US Bank.)
Bill Barnes (University of Portland, Portland, Oregon, USA.)
Howard Feldman (University of Portland, Portland, Oregon, USA.)

Publication date: 1 May 2013


Case description

This case features a county planning director as he approves or turns down a permit application for the Harvest Wind Farm Project, located in Klickitat County on the Columbia Plateau in Washington State. The utilities involved and Klickitat County stood to benefit through new revenue generation and a favorable federal construction grant associated with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, and certain landowners stood to make substantial royalties. However, other landowners were also worried about declining property values, environmental groups had raised objections to the effect of turbines on the pristine Columbia River view, and uncertainty about health effects had recently become more of an issue. Nationally, “wind turbine syndrome” and “shadow-flicker” effects had been linked to wind farm operations. Given these concerns and the uncertainty, would the gains to stakeholders justify signing off on the project?



Phillips, M., Watson, D., Barnes, B. and Feldman, H. (2013), "Winds of change in Klickitat County: the Harvest Wind Project", , Vol. 9 No. 2, pp. 7-16.



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