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Golden Hills Wind Project

Facility: The Golden Hills Wind Project is a wind energy facility that is currently approved to build up to 267 wind turbines with a peak generating capacity of 400 megawatts.

Status (Approved): Construction has not begun. Amendment 3 consists of the following changes:

(1) extend the construction start and completion deadlines by two years,
(2) Reduce the number of turbines used at the site to 125 from 267, and change the allowed turbine height and rotor diameter in response to improvements in turbine technology.
(3) Modify related and supporting facilities including eliminating the previously approved western substation and 500 kilovolt (kV) transmission line and extending the 230 kV transmission line to connect to the BPA grid near the existing Klondike substation. The single remaining substation would be relocated to a more central location within the site boundary.
(4) Amend the site boundary to remove approximately 2,800 acres of previously included land that is no longer needed for the facility and add approximately 122.5 acres to the site boundary.

Deadline for submitting public comments and requests for contested case on the Revised Proposed Order on Request for Amendment No. 3 of the Site Certificate is January 6, 2017. 

Location: Sherman County, near the town of Wasco. (​Map)
Site Certificate Holder: Golden Hills Wind Farm, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Orion Renewable Energy Group LLC.
Contact Information 
Ryan McGraw, Orion Renewable Energy Group
Maxwell Woods
155 Grand Ave., Suite 706
550 Capitol St. NE​
Oakland, CA 94612
Salem, OR 97301
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Project Status (Table details will be updated as project progresses)
Amendment 3
Request for Amendment #3: An amendment may be requested to extend the deadline for beginning or completing construction. An amendment must also be requested to design, construct or operate a facility in a manner different from the description in the site certificate if the proposed change 1) could result in a not previously addressed significant adverse impact to a resource protected by Council standards, 2) could impair the certificate holder’s ability to comply with site certificate conditions, or 3) could require a new condition or change to a condition in the site certificate.
The supplemental information report supports and augments the request for amendment, and combined with the request for amendment #3 document, forms the amendment request.
Dec. 17, 2015
March 18, 2016
Oct. 28, 2016
Nov. 18, 2016
 Dec. 29, 2015
Deadline to submit public comments on the request for amendment #3
March 4, 2016
Proposed Order (Withdrawn): The proposed order includes findings of fact, recommended conclusions regarding compliance with council standards and recommended site certificate changes for construction, operation and retirement of the facility required due to the amendment requested.
Sept. 6, 2016
Revised Proposed Order: Due to insufficient information in the amendment request and proposed order related to a transmission line land use evaluation under ORS 215.274 and request by the certificate holder, ODOE withdrew the proposed order and issued a revised proposed order which includes findings of fact, recommended conclusions regarding compliance with council standards and recommended site certificate changes for construction, operation and retirement of the facility required due to the amendment requested.
Dec. 2, 2016
Deadline to submit public comments on the revised proposed order
Jan. 6, 2017
Project Status (Table details will be updated as project progresses)
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 demonstrate 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. 
Complete application with supplement (Addendum)
Exhibit A, Applicant Information
Exhibit B, Project Description (Addendum)
Exhibit C, Property Location and Maps (Addendum)  
Exhibit D, Organizational Information
Exhibit E, Permits Required (Addendum)
Exhibit F, Property Ownership (not available) (Addendum)
Exhibit G, Materials Analysis
Exhibit H, Geology and Soil Stability (Addendum)
Exhibit I, Soils (Addendum)
Exhibit J, Wetlands (Addendum)
Exhibit K, Land Use (Addendum)
Exhibit L, Protected Areas (Addendum)
Exhibit M, Financial Analysis (Addendum)
Exhibit N, Non-generating Facility Information
Exhibit O, Water Requirements (Addendum)
Exhibit P, Fish Wildlife Habitat (Addendum)
Exhibit Q, Threatened and Endangered Plants and Animals
Exhibit R, Scenic Aesthetic Values (Addendum)
Exhibit S, Cultural Resources (Addendum)
Exhibit T, Recreational Facilities (Addendum)
Exhibit U, Public Services
Exhibit V, Waste Minimization
Exhibit W, Site Restoration (Addendum)
Exhibit X, Noise (Addendum)
Exhibit Y, Carbon Dioxide Emissions (not applicable)
Exhibit Z, Cooling Towers (not applicable) 
Exhibit AA, EMFs – Electric and Magnetic Fields
Exhibit BB, Other Information
Exhibit CC, Additional Statutes Rules Ordinances
Exhibit DD, Other Specific Standards

Amended site certificate: Transferred ownership to Orion Golden Hills and extended the construction start time to June 18, 2016 and construction completion time to June 18, 2019.
Final order on amendment #2

​Feb. 11, 2015


Jan. 30, 2015

Site certificate amendment #1: Extended the start of construction deadline to June 18, 2014 and completion of construction to June 18, 2017.
May 18, 2012
May 11, 2012
June 18, 2009
May 15, 2009