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E.ON Climate and Renewables (EC&R) has signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with officials from the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of the Navy to relocate 29 proposed wind turbines for a planned wind project in Oregon.

EC&R has proposed 223 wind turbines in Wasco and Sherman counties, and the MOA aims to avoid adverse impacts on Navy flight training near the Naval Weapons Systems Training Facility Boardman. In addition, the agreement stipulates height restrictions of the transmission line to 120 feet above ground level.

"As wind energy increasingly contributes to the nation's energy portfolio, it will be vital to maintain positive relationships with developers to protect critical Navy capabilities," says Rear Admiral Kevin Slates, director of the Chief of Naval Operations Energy and Environmental Readiness Division. "We're pleased with the outcome of this agreement and hope to use a similar approach as we work with other wind developers throughout the country."

This represents the second such agreement between the Navy and EC&R. In 2012, the two parties signed an MOA protecting the flight training mission at naval air stations Corpus Christi and Kingsville in Texas.

"We appreciate the relationship we've established with the U.S. Navy and Department of Defense," says EC&R’s Paul Bowman. "We hope to maintain this relationship and continue to work together to develop projects that are compatible with the Navy mission, while increasing the nation's renewable energy supply."



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