|Proposed Facility: Portland General Electric originally proposed constructing and operating 210 miles of single- and double-circuit, 500-kilovolt, transmission lines from Boardman to Salem. The original proposal also included three new substations and potentially upgrading portions of the transmission system in the Willamette Valley. On Jan. 14, 2013, PGE announced it had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Bonneville Power Administration to pursue a modification to the project proposal. Under the modification in the memorandum, PGE is now proposing that the new transmission line would begin at Boardman and follow the path of the originally proposed project. However, instead of building a line to Salem, the new line would end at a new substation about 18 miles southwest of Maupin. This would eliminate about 101 miles of new transmission line. |
Location: Boardman to Maupin (Proposed route)
Applicant: Portland General Electric
Project Website: http://www.cascadecrossingproject.com/
|| Department of Energy Staff |
|| Hillary Dobson|
|121 SW Salmon St.
|| 625 Marion St. NE|
|| Salem, OR 97301|
|Portland, OR 97204
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Joint State and Federal Review
The proposed transmission line may cross federal, tribal, state, and private lands and requires a site certificate from the Energy Facility Siting Council. In addition to the EFSC site certificate, the project requires an Environmental Impact Statement under the National Environmental Policy Act. The NEPA process is required for any proposed action on federally managed lands. This NEPA process is being administered by the U.S. Forest Service, which has been designated as the lead federal agency for the Cascade Crossing project. ODOE and the USFS will coordinate the state and federal review processes as much as possible.
On Jan. 4, 2013, PGE filed a complete application with the Oregon Department of Energy. Normally, ODOE would post the entire application on the ODOE website, issue public notice and hold public meetings. However, soon after filing its complete application, PGE announced significant changes to the Cascade Crossing transmission project and shared its intent to submit an amended application to ODOE in early spring 2013. ODOE will post the complete amended application, issue public notice, and hold public meetings once PGE has filed an amended application. The original application is available upon request.