SALEM — A proposed natural gas-fired electricity plant near Hermiston will be up for final approval at the next Energy Facility Siting Council meeting on September 18. The meeting is open to the public and begins at 9 a.m. at the Port of Morrow, 2 Marine Dr., in Boardman.
The main items on the Council’s agenda include:
• Perennial Wind Chaser Station (Umatilla County): The Council will consider approval of the Application for Site Certificate for the proposed Perennial Wind Chaser Station natural gas plant.
• Saddle Butte Wind Park (Gilliam and Morrow counties): The Council will consider the applicant’s request for an 18 month stay of the contested case proceeding.
• Rulemaking: The Council will hold a public hearing, then consider public testimony and staff’s recommendation to adopt updated references of non-EFSC rules, codes, standards and laws.
The full meeting agenda, including information on accessing the meeting remotely, is available on the Oregon Department of Energy website.
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 helps Oregonians improve the energy efficiency of their homes, provides policy expertise to prepare for Oregon’s future energy needs, staffs the Energy Facility Siting Council, provides technical and financial assistance to encourage investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy resources, promotes the cleanup of the Hanford nuclear site, and ensures state preparedness to respond to emergencies at energy facilities.
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.