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By Sandra DeMent
For The Sentinel 

Klickitat County now fourth in country for wind energy


March 18, 2020

Steadily, over the last 25 years, a major new industry has taken root in Klickitat County. It was the creation of no one person or company; in fact it spans at least four very different technologies. This new industry, one based on export, has grown to exceed the combined revenue from Klickitat County’s traditional ranch, timber, and agricultural sectors. The industry? Energy.

Hydroelectric power is so familiar to us that we don’t think of it as innovative. But in 1932, when Franklin Delano Roosevelt promised the U.S. government would build its next major dam projects in Washington state, it was hard to imagine the long time frames and deep roots that Bonneville Power Administration (...

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