Washington Supreme Court to hear Whistling Ridge wind case

The Washington Supreme Court will hear oral arguments June 27 on a challenge to the Whistling Ridge Energy wind project.

The case is brought by the Friends of the Columbia Gorge and Save Our Scenic Area.

Whistling Ridge is a planned wind power project on private land in Skamania County, Wash. Whistling Ridge Energy is an affiliate of SDS Lumber. It would build the project on land long used by the timber industry.

It had originally applied to build up to 50 wind turbines. The project was eventually approved for 35 wind turbines with a capacity of about 75 MW in March 2012 by then-Gov. Christine Gregoire. The governor’s approval was based upon a recommendation by the state’s Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC).

The company filed a response brief to the appeal in May.

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