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ZOND WITHDRAWS WASCO PROJECT

Zond Systems has withdrawn its application for a wind farm of 25 turbines at Sevenmile Hill in Wasco County, northern Oregon. The shaky state of the US wind market in the Pacific Northwest appears to be the reason for Zond's decision. The first phase of the $25 million project was approved by county planning commissioners more than two years ago, in April 1994. But a letter from Zond withdrawing its project application was received by Wasco County on March 11, says associate county planner Dawn Baird. The letter cited "various factors in the Pacific Northwest" as the reason for the withdrawal, but did not elaborate, says Baird. An appeal by a local landowner against Zond's 1994 approval had already been postponed some time ago by a Wasco County court. But federal wildlife officials had expressed concern about the possible impact on big game and birds of prey, especially peregrine falcons, a so-called threatened species. In a major disappointment to Zond, the proposal had also failed to make the final cut of projects from which Portland General Electric would buy electricity.

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