SALEM — Wind farms and rulemaking proposals will be the focus of discussion at the next Energy Facility Siting Council meeting on Nov. 3-4 near The Dalles.
The meeting begins on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. at the Discovery Center, 5000 Discovery Drive. On Friday the meeting starts at 8:30 a.m.
The main items on the Council’s agenda include:
- Summit Ridge Wind Farm (Wasco County): The Council will consider the site certificate holder’s Request for Amendment 2, which would change several aspects of the project including transferring the site certificate, extending the construction deadlines, authorizing a lesser setback for select turbines from the right-of-way of any dedicated road within the site boundary, and adding a turbine option that, if selected, would reduce the total number of wind turbines and change the turbine specifications.
- Saddle Butte Wind Park (Gilliam and Morrow counties): The Council will consider formal approval of the final order and site certificate.
- Amendment process: The Council will receive a staff presentation on proposed changes to its site certificate amendment rules at OAR 345, Division 27. Council may direct staff to proceed with official rulemaking.
- Sage Grouse habitat conservation: The Council will receive a staff presentation on proposed changes to its Fish and Wildlife Habitat standard rules – at OAR 345, Division 21 and 22 – to incorporate Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife rules related to sage grouse conservation. Council may direct staff to proceed with official rulemaking.
The full meeting agenda, including information on accessing the meeting remotely, is available on the Oregon Department of Energy website:
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