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Brush Canyon Wind Energy Project
Facility: The applicant proposed to construct and operate a wind-powered energy facility with a nominal generating capacity of up to 535 megawatts on approximately 76,000 acres of private land. The Brush Canyon project would have included up to 223 wind turbines and a new 32-mile, 230-kilovolt, overhead transmission line extending to the Buckley substation (approximately 10 miles southwest of Grass Valley). The proposed transmission line right-of-way was planned to be 150 feet wide.
Status (Application Withdrawn): On Feb. 17, 2015, the Brush Canyon Wind Power Facility application for site certificate was formally withdrawn by the applicant. The department has ceased processing the application and is archiving project-related materials and records. The department wishes to thank all those who participated in the siting process.
Location: Southeastern Wasco County and southern Sherman County (Maps in Exhibit C)
Applicant: E. ON Climate & Renewables North America Inc. and EC&R Development, Inc.
Contact Information
Hal Balyeat
Max Woods
701 Brazos Street Suite 1400
625 Marion St. NE
Austin, TX 78701
Salem, OR 97301-3737
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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.
Oct. 21, 2011
Nov. 22, 2011
Deadline to submit public comments on the notice of intent
Dec. 15, 2011
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.
Jan. 5, 2012
Complete Application: 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 show how the proposed facility complies with the council’s standards. An application is preliminary until ODOE finds it complete. 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
May 3, 2012
Complete application
Exhibit A, Applicant Information
Exhibit B, Project Description
Exhibit C, Property Location and Maps
Exhibit D, Organizational Information
Exhibit E, Permits Required
Exhibit F, Property Ownership
Exhibit G, Materials Analysis
Exhibit H, Geology and Soil Stability
Exhibit I, Soils
Exhibit J, Wetlands
Exhibit K, Land Use
Exhibit L, Protected Areas
Exhibit M, Financial Analysis
Exhibit N, Non-generating Facility Information
Exhibit O, Water Requirements
Exhibit P, Fish Wildlife Habitat
Exhibit Q, Threatened and Endangered Plants and Animals
Exhibit R, Scenic Aesthetic Values
Exhibit S, Cultural Resources
Exhibit T, Recreational Facilities
Exhibit U, Public Services
Exhibit V, Waste Minimization
Exhibit W, Site Restoration
Exhibit X, Noise
Exhibit Y, Carbon Dioxide Emissions
Exhibit Z, Cooling Towers
Exhibit AA, EMFs – Electric and Magnetic Fields
Exhibit BB, Other Information
Exhibit CC, Additional Statutes Rules Ordinances
Exhibit DD, Other Specific Standards
March 29, 2013
Public information meeting (Shaniko)
April 10, 2013
April 24, 2013
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.
Nov. 18, 2013
*Public hearing
Jan. 7, 2014
Deadline for public comments to be received by ODOE, to be included in the record at the Draft Proposed Order hearing
Jan. 7, 2014
*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 hearing
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