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Baseline Wind Energy Facility

Proposed Facility: The applicant proposes to construct and operate an electric generation facility with peak capacity of up to 500 megawatts. The proposed facility would generate power using wind turbines, natural gas-fired thermal generation or a combination of wind and thermal generation.

Status (Withdrawn): On October 11, 2016, Baseline Wind LLC formally withdrew its application for site certificate with ODOE. This terminates the application review process.

Location: Gilliam County, approximately seven miles south of the city of Arlington.
Applicant: Baseline Wind, LLC and Baseline Power, LLC, wholly owned subsidiaries of First Wind Holdings, LLC.
Contact Information
Ben Fairbanks
Todd Cornett
920 SW Sixth Ave., Suite 1250
625 Marion St. NE
Portland, OR 97204
Salem, OR 97301
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Project Status (Table details will be updated as project progresses)
Notice of Intent: The notice of intent provides information about the proposed energy facility and its potential impacts. The NOI enables the department and other government agencies to identify issues and determine staffing needs for the review process. It provides the first opportunity for public participation in the process.
June 28, 2010
July 8, 2010
Deadline to submit public comments on the notice of intent
Aug. 13, 2010
Aug. 7, 2012
Aug. 16, 2012
Deadline to submit public comments on the amended notice of intent
Sept. 10, 2012
Project Order: The project order is issued by ODOE and identifies applicable statutes, rules, local ordinances and other regulations. It also describes any additional information needed for the application. The project order defines the analysis areas over which the applicant must assess the facility’s potential impacts.
Sept. 15, 2010
Sept. 27, 2012
Application Review: An application for a site certificate includes a detailed description of the proposed facility and the anticipated impacts on the site and surrounding area. The applicant must address the council’s application requirements and demonstrate how the proposed facility complies with the council’s standards. An application is preliminary until ODOE finds it complete. If the preliminary application is incomplete, ODOE will request additional information. A complete application is required for the council to make findings and impose conditions on all applicable council standards. ODOE may request additional information as needed during its review of the complete application.  
Preliminary application received
Table of Contents, List of Tables, List of Figures, Attachments, Acronyms
Exhibit A (applicant information)
Exhibit B (facility description)
Exhibit B Figures
Exhibit C (proposed location and maps)
Exhibit C Figures 1-3
Exhibit C Figures 4-6
Exhibit D (applicant’s expertise)
Exhibit E (permits)
Exhibit F (property owner list) - confidential
Exhibit G (materials analysis)
Exhibit H (geology)
Exhibit H Figures
Exhibit I (soils)
Exhibit I Figures
Exhibit J (wetlands and other waters)
Exhibit J Figures
Exhibit K (land use)
Exhibit K Figures 1-3
Exhibit K Figures 4-7
Exhibit L (protected areas)
Exhibit M (financial)
Exhibit N – not applicable
Exhibit O (water resources)
Exhibit P (wildlife habitat)
Exhibit P selected figures
Exhibit Q (threatened and endangered species)
Exhibit Q Figure 1
Exhibit R (scenic resources)
Exhibit R Figure
Exhibit S (cultural resources)
Exhibit S Figure
Exhibit T (recreation)
Exhibit T Figure
Exhibit U (public services)
Exhibit U Figures
Exhibit V (waste management)
Exhibit W (site restoration)
Exhibit W Attachment
Exhibit X (noise)
Exhibit Y – not applicable
Exhibit Z – not applicable
Exhibit AA (transmission lines)
Exhibit AA Figures
Exhibit BB (response to public comment and other information)
Exhibit BB Attachments
Exhibit CC (additional statutes and rules)
Exhibit DD (wind facility standards)
Dec. 22, 2011
Complete application
To be determined
Public information meeting (City)
Public notice
To be determined
Draft Proposed Order and Public Hearing: The draft proposed order includes proposed findings of fact, recommended conclusions on compliance with council standards and recommended site certificate conditions for construction, operation and retirement of the facility. The DPO public hearing is usually held by EFSC and facilitated by an independent hearing officer.
Draft proposed order
To be determined
*Public hearing
Public notice
To be determined
Deadline for public comments to be received by ODOE, to be included in the record at the Draft Proposed Order hearing
To be determined
*Please Note: Failure to raise issues in person or in writing at this hearing precludes participation in the subsequent contested case and the right to appeal council’s final decision. Issues must be raised with sufficient specificity to afford the council, the Department of Energy and the applicant an adequate opportunity to respond, and must include a statement of facts that support the person’s position on the issue.
Proposed Order: After the public hearing, the council reviews the draft proposed order in a public meeting. No public comments on the project are taken at this time. Based on the comments of the council, public comment on the record of the public hearing and consultation with other governmental agencies, the department then issues a proposed order.
Council meeting
Public notice
To be determined
Proposed order
To be determined
Contested Case: A contested case proceeding is mandatory under ORS 469.370(5). The council appoints an independent hearing officer to conduct the proceeding. Aside from the applicant and the Oregon Department of Energy, persons wanting to participate in the contested case proceeding must request party status from the hearing officer. Notice of proposed order and contested case is sent only to those who participated in person or in writing at the draft proposed order hearing.
Notice of proposed order and contested case
To be determined
Contested case proceeding​
To be determined
Proposed contested case order
To be determined
Final Order and Site Certificate: Following the contested case proceeding, the council decides whether to grant a site certificate. The council grants a site certificate if at least four members of the council agree that the application meets all council standards. The council issues its decision to grant a site certificate in a final order. No public comment is taken on this project at the council meeting.
Council meeting
Public notice
To be determined
Final order
To be determined
Site certificate
To be determined