Taking into account the charge for the Resource Mix team, examine the processes for siting transmission and energy projects in Oregon. How can we achieve long-term energy goals, while balancing social, environmental and economic issues?
How can current siting processes become more efficient and reduce conflicts? What projects should be reviewed by local government, and what projects by state government? What are the current jurisdictional thresholds for state facility siting and are they appropriate? How can we eliminate or minimize inappropriate incentives for project developers to “forum shop?” What role should other governmental agencies and entities play in the siting processes, if any?
What is the status of coordination with federal land management agencies where projects require both federal regulatory authorization and state or local approvals? What obstacles are there to aligning federal reviews with state and local processes? What process improvements are needed in the US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management, and what can be done by the regions without rule or legislative changes?
How can the state work with local governments and federal agencies to develop and implement a mitigation framework that can be used to address environmental impacts on both private and public lands?
What role should regional solutions teams play in the siting processes, if any?
What additional policies or mechanisms are needed to address the additive, cumulative and landscape-level effects of existing and potential future energy development projects?
What are the tax issues with respect to siting energy facilities?
What are the opportunities for siting large scale wind and solar jointly on the same site? What are the barriers and opportunities for using brownfields as sites for solar or waste to energy plants?
What guidelines and standards should be in place to ensure that waste to energy is environmentally sound, and not degrading for the environment?
Oregon also has an emerging wave energy industry with an untested regulatory regime. What state regulatory framework is most appropriate for development of marine energy?
Working with the Resource Mix team, and acknowledging known significant economic development plans that are particularly energy-intensive (e.g., growth of data centers in Central Oregon), please examine projected transmission needs for both electricity and gas as related to future energy mix.
Siting of new transmission capacity will have a profound influence on future patterns of energy development in Oregon. How can the state most effectively influence siting of transmission facilities – including projects that may span multiple states – to ensure that new capacity supports development consistent with the priorities of the governor’s 10-year energy plan?