SALEM — Two wind farms yet to be built will be the focus of discussion at the next Energy Facility Siting Council meeting on January 30 in The Dalles. The meeting is open to the public and begins at 9 a.m. at the Discovery Center, 5000 Discovery Dr.
The main items on the Council’s agenda include:
- Golden Hills Wind Project (Sherman County): The Council will hold a hearing on a request to transfer the site certificate, then decide whether to grant the transfer and extend the construction start and completion by two years.
- Saddle Butte Wind Park (Gilliam and Morrow counties): The hearing officer in the Saddle Butte Wind contested case proceeding issued his Proposed Contested Case Order on Nov. 18, 2014. The Council will make a decision on Saddle Butte Wind, LLC’s motion to remand the proposed contested case order back to the hearing officer for reconsideration.
- Rulemaking: The Council will consider options for rulemaking related to its balancing authority of the siting standards and may direct staff to begin the rulemaking process.
The full meeting agenda, including information on accessing the meeting remotely, is available on the Oregon Department of Energy website: www.oregon.gov/energy/Siting/Pages/Council-Meetings.aspx.
To request an interpreter for the hearing impaired, or accommodations for persons with disabilities, please contact the department at least 72 hours before the meeting at 1-800-221-8035 or fax 503-373-7806. TTY users should call the Oregon Relay Service at 711.
About the Oregon Department of Energy: The Oregon Department of Energy reduces the long-term costs of energy for Oregonians. It provides tax credits, grants, loans, technical assistance and energy information for homeowners, businesses, manufacturers, farms, ranches, schools and governments.
About ODOE’s Energy Facility Siting Division: Division staff support the work of the Energy Facility Siting Council. The Council has regulatory and siting responsibility for large electric generating facilities, many high voltage transmission lines, some gas pipelines, and radioactive waste disposal sites. The state’s energy facility siting process is based on 16 standards.