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Workshops set to address EFSC site certificate amendment process

Diana Enright, 503-378-8278
Cliff Voliva, 503-378-3637
In Oregon, 1-800-221-8035

SALEM — The Oregon Department of Energy will hold two public workshops in early February to respond to stakeholder comments regarding site certificate amendment requests for large energy facilities. The Energy Facility Siting Council directed ODOE to begin this review. 

Each workshop will focus on issues and then transition to potential solutions. For those who cannot attend in person, anyone can access the workshops though a webinar.

The workshops will be held:

Wednesday, Feb. 6
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Port of Morrow, Riverfront Room
2 Marine Dr.
Boardman, OR 97818
Tuesday, Feb. 19
9 a.m. to noon
Oregon State Library, Room 103
250 Winter St. NE
Salem, OR 97301-3950


Oregon’s EFSC has heard from the public and energy facility developers that the State’s amendment process for site certificates needs revision. Some of those comments include:

  • An increase in the number of amendment requests to extend construction deadlines
  • The need for criteria regarding when an amendment is required
  • More specificity on how the public is involved in the amendment process

The findings of these workshops will be considered for process improvements and potential administrative rule changes. EFSC will consider these findings at a future meeting.

For more information, please go to the Oregon Department of Energy website here http://www.oregon.gov/energy/Siting/Pages/council-rulemaking.aspx.

To request an interpreter for the hearing impaired, or accommodations for persons with disabilities, please contact ODOE 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.

About the Oregon Department of Energy: The Oregon Department of Energy provides tax credits, grants, loans, technical assistance and energy information for home owners, businesses, manufacturers, 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.