ODOE’s Siting Division Reviewing A Record 15 Projects

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Utility-scale solar electric facilities are the hot new thing in Oregon, and many existing wind farms are taking steps to “repower” older turbines by using longer blades. Those are two reasons why the Facility Siting Division at the Oregon Department of Energy now has a record 15 projects under review!

Of those projects, five are going through the initial application phase, eight are going through amendments to site certificates, and two are seeking exemption from site certificate requirements.

The newest project came to us on November 2: the Bakeoven Solar Project east of Maupin in Wasco County. If approved, the facility would generate 303 megawatts of power.

Here’s a full list of the projects under review:

Application for Site Certificate (5)

1.      Bakeoven Solar Project, Wasco County

2.      Blue Marmot Solar Energy Facility, Lake County

3.      Boardman to Hemingway Transmission Line, Morrow, Umatilla, Union, Baker and Malheur counties

4.      Nolin Hills Wind Power Project, Umatilla County

5.      Obsidian Solar Center, Lake County

Amendment to Site Certificate (8)

1.      Carty Generating Station, Morrow County

2.      Eugene to Medford Transmission Line, Lane, Douglas and Jackson counties

3.      Montague Wind Power Facility, Gilliam County

4.      Perennial Wind Chaser Station, Umatilla County

5.      Stateline Wind Project, Umatilla County

6.      Summit Ridge Wind Farm, Wasco County

7.      Wheatridge Wind Energy Facility, Morrow and Umatilla counties (2 amendments)

Request for Exemption from a Site Certificate (2)

1.      Jordan Cove Energy Project, Coos County

2.      Waterside Biodiesel, Columbia County

A few of these projects will be discussed at the next Energy Facility Siting Council meeting on Friday, December 14 in The Dalles.

We also send out a monthly siting project update – view it on our website or sign up to receive it by email.