Wind farm permit OK'd in Whitman County WA

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COLFAX, Wash. (AP) -- A hearing examiner has granted a conditional use permit for construction of a wind farm in northeastern Whitman County, Wash.

Examiner Andrew Kottkamp made his decision Monday.

The Moscow-Pullman Daily News says the permit was sought by the Palouse Wind project and parent company First Wind.

The Palouse Wind website says the planned wind farm would have a potential generating capacity of 100 megawatts -- enough to power 25,000 homes.

Also on Monday, the wind energy industry demanded that the Bonneville Power Administration fix problems that have forced the shut-off of Northwest wind generators while hydroelectric dams fill the grid with power produced from a heavy spring runoff.