SALEM — The next step in the review of a proposed natural gas-fired electric plant near Hermiston is scheduled for discussion at the Energy Facility Siting Council meeting on May 15. The meeting is open to the public and begins at 8 a.m. at the Oxford Suites, 1050 N. 1st St., in Hermiston.
The main items on the Council’s agenda include:
• Perennial Wind Chaser Station (Umatilla County): The Council will receive a presentation and review the Draft Proposed Order submitted by Oregon Department of Energy staff for the proposed project. A public hearing on the Draft Proposed Order will be held Thursday, May 14, at 6 p.m., also at the Oxford Suites.
• Summit Ridge Wind Farm (Wasco County): The Council will take action on an amendment request by the project’s developer that would extend the construction start and completion dates and make changes to the authorized number and size of turbines.
• Rulemaking: The Council will consider staff’s recommendation to adopt rule amendments related to its balancing authority of the siting standards. The rulemaking was necessitated by a change in Oregon statute in 2013 through House Bill 2106.
The full meeting agenda, including information on accessing the meeting remotely, is available on the Oregon Department of Energy website: http://www.oregon.gov/energy/facilities-safety/facilities/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.