Oregon Public Broadcasting

Developers of two controversial wind power projects in the Steens Mountain area abandoned their plans Thursday.

The East and West Ridge Projects were planned for private land on Steens Mountain. They would have produced more than 200 megawatts of wind power. But developers Columbia Energy Partners say those plans no longer make sense. Chris Crowley is Columbia Energy's president.

"It was clear to us, that while it was legal to build these projects on private lands, there was regulatory and other organizations who were concerned about projects that were inside what's called the Cooperative Management and Protection Area."

Crowley says studies also determined that the way the wind blows on East and West Ridges wasn't going to work for the energy projects.

Columbia Energy intends to continue with the Echanis project. That 104-megawatt wind farm is also in Harney County, but it's much further along than the ridge projects were.

This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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