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Oregon Energy Department re-evaluating $30 million in tax credits to wind farm

The Oregonian -- The Oregon Department of Energy says it is re-examining its recent approval of $30 million in tax credits to the Shepherd's Flat wind farm in eastern Oregon, and has consulted the Dept. of Justice.

The developer of the mammoth wind farm, New York-based Caithness Energy, went though the legal exercise of subdividing the project on paper to qualify for three separate, $10 million state subsidies. The Energy Department approved them in the last six months, despite sufficient evidence in two of its own analyses to define the wind farm as a single facility, deserving only one tax credit.

Now that the incentives are out the door, the state's ability to recover taxpayers' money would depend on whether Caithness misrepresented its project in filings with the state.

An analysis by The Oregonian


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FluffyDogAttack
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This guy was driving around with Oregon license plates, Oregon football stickers everywhere and a huge "OREGON" emblazoned across his tailgate.

I stopped him and asked, "Sir, I really want to know, are you from Oregon?"

He replied, "Why yes, I AM from Oregon!"

I told him, "Oh, I'm from Oregon too, that's why I didn't know."
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KAR120CSII
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Actually Portlandia is really about Seattle.
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Fluffy: that's mean :P
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FluffyDogAttack
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Raggin' on Oarrrrrr-eeeee-guhnnnnn is so much fun though.

Plus I really like that Documentary "Portlandia".
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Mar 13, 2013 5:53:03 AM

$30 mil in tax credit is a big chunk of change...
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tomok
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Message Posted: Mar 13, 2013 2:10:30 AM

Oregon Energy Department re-evaluating $30 million in tax credits to wind farm? Make sure everything has passed the 'required tests' to approve projects like this. Everything is checked, the T's are crossed and the i's are dotted before any money is approved for state tax credit spending. Maybe the state did not do their required tests? Is this gas price related?
Make sure your own state has NEVER done anything wrong or questionable before raggin' on Oregon!
Renewable energy from solar, wind, hydro, thermal, tidal and/or nuclear.
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The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2013 11:53:02 AM

Anyway to get money for nothing.
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2013 10:44:32 AM

Unfortunatly if they dont work with them they'll threatin to stop the project. About time the goverment fights back for the citizens instead of rolling over and playing dead.
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imiev
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2013 9:07:03 AM

So just add an energy tax and get the pain over with. Another find mess..
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2013 8:43:18 AM

All subsidies should be scrutinized
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2013 7:42:39 AM

Continuing rerun..............
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2013 6:45:54 AM

Old news
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2013 1:02:28 AM

So. Cal Edison is having financial problems too. On top of that a number of utilities in the Pacific Northwest invested in wind energy in anticipation of financial gains speculating that California would buy all this wind power when power is being sold at peak prices due to demand. Then the economy tanked and there is no demand. It all fell apart. The tax credit is just one of the flaws in the plan.
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2013 12:45:37 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2013 12:45:01 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2013 12:24:41 AM

If the Oregon DOE did its job they wouldn't be crying foul - they knew that all three applications were from the same company from the very beginning and granted the credits anyhow
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2013 12:19:59 AM


as wind farms come online, there seems to be more resistance in some parts of the country
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2013 12:16:59 AM

That was quite a dull news article to read.
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2013 12:14:54 AM

Sounds like they need to be sued, taken to court, and have the book thrown at them! The Oregonians want their money back!!
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2013 12:13:56 AM

old news
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2013 12:11:35 AM

no way
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2013 12:11:10 AM

A waste of money!!!
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2013 12:10:55 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2013 12:10:45 AM

What a joke.
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2013 12:09:58 AM

Wind is getting cheaper to produce. They don't need more seed money.
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2013 12:09:52 AM

They should give thought before they give out credits.
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2013 12:08:25 AM

Little late
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Ko ko ko kool.
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2013 12:08:10 AM

Inherit the wind!
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2013 12:06:32 AM

what? a socialist state questioning the holy wind farms?
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2013 12:05:42 AM

Wake up Oregon, the wind farms are not working.
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2013 12:04:49 AM

Probably wise...
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2013 12:04:46 AM

yeah
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2013 12:04:45 AM

If they manipulated the system correctly, then it is not their fault that the loophole was there to be taken advantage of.
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2013 12:04:40 AM

More tax payers money gone what the wind.
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2013 12:04:40 AM

Old story
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weekend is here, older news.
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ZZZZZZZZZZ
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2013 12:03:50 AM

that's a lot of money!
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2013 12:03:26 AM

more and more old news
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2013 12:03:19 AM

Sounds like a mess
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2013 12:02:48 AM

More misuse of taxpayer money. Just give me the $30 million! :-)
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2013 12:02:33 AM

Throwing taxpayer money down a rat hole.
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I smell B.S. here
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Idiots!
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Pay off...
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2013 11:59:51 PM

Either someone got a kickback or just good old governement incompetence.

Sad isn't it, when the best outcome is incompetence?
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2013 11:59:12 PM

No credits.
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2013 11:58:02 PM

Sounds like someone was paid off...
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WE SHALL SEE!
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