Energy Facility Siting Council to Meet August 22-23 in Boardman
SALEM — Oregon’s Energy Facility Siting Council will meet next on August 22-23, 2019 in Boardman. The public meeting begins Thursday at 3 p.m. at the Port of Morrow Riverfront Center, 2 Marine Drive NE. The meeting resumes on Friday at 8:30 a.m.
The main items on the Council’s agenda:
Site Certificate Amendment Process Rulemaking: On August 1, 2019, the Oregon Supreme Court invalidated administrative rules the Council adopted in 2017 regarding its site certificate amendment process. At this meeting, the Council will consider adopting temporary rules to address the issues cited by the Supreme Court. For details, please see the Oregon Department of Energy’s staff report.
Wheatridge Wind Energy Facility (Morrow, Umatilla counties): Wheatridge is approved but not yet built. The Council will receive a presentation Thursday on the Draft Proposed Order on Request for Amendment 4 of the Wheatridge Wind Energy Facility site certificate and a public hearing will be conducted later in the day. The comment period extends through September 9, 2019. Request for Amendment 4 primarily seeks Council approval to add 1,527 acres to the approved site boundary within Morrow County for construction and operation of up to 150 megawatts of photovoltaic solar energy facility components, up to 41 distributed energy storage (battery) system sites and expansion of the Wheatridge West collector substation.
Perennial Wind Chaser Station (Umatilla County): Perennial is approved but not yet built. The Council will receive a presentation Thursday on the Draft Proposed Order on Request for Amendment 1 of the Perennial Wind Chaser Station site certificate and a public hearing will be conducted later in the day. Request for Amendment 1 seeks Council approval to extend the construction start and completion timelines by two years for the previously-approved 450-megawatt natural gas-fueled power generation facility and related or supporting facility components.
The full meeting agenda and materials are available on the ODOE website: www.oregon.gov/energy/facilities-safety/facilities/Pages/Council-Meetings.aspx.
The next Council meeting is tentatively scheduled for September 26-27 in Clatskanie.
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.