SALEM — Barry Beyeler will continue to serve on Oregon’s Energy Facility Siting Council through June 2014. That announcement came Monday at an Oregon Senate confirmation hearing.
Beyeler, the Community Development Director for the City of Boardman, has been a member of EFSC since July 2010.
The council – formed in 1975 – has regulatory and siting responsibility for large electric generating facilities, many high voltage transmission lines, some gas pipelines, and radioactive waste disposal sites. State-level oversight of energy facilities helps ensure that Oregon has an adequate energy supply while protecting Oregon's environment and public safety. The Oregon Department of Energy supports the council's work.
Prior to joining the council, Beyeler served on the Hanford Advisory Board (Jan. 2007-June 2010) and the Hanford Clean Up Board (Jan. 2005-June 2010).
Beyeler brings to the council nearly 30 years of Oregon municipal government experience, a detailed knowledge of Oregon’s land use system, and a history of working with federal, local and state agencies on environmental issues.
“We are pleased to have Barry’s unique and relevant expertise as we are challenged to efficiently review ever higher numbers of more complicated energy facility site certificate applications,” said Todd Cornett, administrator of ODOE’s Energy Siting Division.
Other members of the council include: Bryan Wolfe, Chair (Hermiston); Lori Brogoitti, Vice Chair (Athena): Bob Shiprack (Portland), Trey Senn (Klamath Falls); Paul Sumner (Madras); and John Mohlis (Portland).
About the Oregon Department of Energy: The Oregon Department of Energy provides tax credits, loans, technical assistance and energy information for homes, businesses, manufacturing, farms, ranches, schools and governments.
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.