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Oregon research institute closes its doors after 11 years

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Saying its mission is accomplished, an 11-year-old Oregon research institution is calling it quits. The Oregon State University Wind Research Co-operative (WRC), which has promoted research and development of wind resources in the Northwest since 1991, will close its doors in July. Founded by the university's Stel Walker and Don Bain, formerly of the Oregon Office of Energy, the research body funded projects to deal with the issues of wind development and integration into the region's electric system. It did this with wind developers, utilities and government agencies, at times bringing these entities together for the first time. Among the membership over the 11-year life of the WRC were the Bonneville Power Administration, PacifiCorp, Seattle City Light, Portland General Electric and the Eugene Water and Electric Board, all now active in buying wind resources in the Northwest. Wind research began at the university in 1971, and some will continue through its Energy Resources Research Laboratory, also directed by Walker.

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