Senator requests radar update to clear way for wind power

Associated Press

Senator requests radar update to clear way for wind power

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden says outdated Air Force radar is preventing the production of nearly 4,000 megawatts of wind energy across eastern Oregon and Washington.

The East Oregonian reports that Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, is asking officials at the Pentagon and Federal Aviation Administration to replace the equipment with technology that can overcome interference created by turbines.

Wyden said in a May 21 letter to officials that developers consistently run into problems with the radar in Fossil, preventing local wind energy development.

The long-range surveillance radar is jointly managed by the Department of Defense and Homeland Security and is also used by the FAA for air traffic control.

The FAA has tagged several wind turbines as a potential hazard because they obstruct the radar's ability to monitor airspace.

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