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Saddle Butte Wind Park

Facility: Saddle Butte Wind LLC proposes to build and operate a wind facility consisting of up to 133 wind turbines. Combined peak generating capacity of the project would be up to 399 megawatts, with an average electric generating capacity of up to 133 megawatts. The facility will connect to the regional transmission grid through the Bonneville Power Authority’s Slatt substation.

Status (Proposed): The proposed order is available for review. At the request of the applicant, the department has suspended work on the Saddle Butte Wind Park Application for Site Certificate, effective May 27, 2015. Prior to the suspension of work, the contested case proceeding on this matter was ongoing.

Location: The proposed Saddle Butte Wind Park project will be located entirely on private lands in Gilliam and Morrow counties, approximately 20 miles south of the Columbia River between Eightmile Canyon and State Highway 74. The applicant proposes use of an existing 230-kilovolt transmission corridor and sharing transmission structures previously approved for the Shepherds Flat Wind Farm (now Shepherds Flat North, Shepherds Flat Central and Shepherds Flat South).

Applicant: Saddle Butte Wind, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Columbia Wind, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Caithness Corporation.

Contact Information
Pat Pilz
Ginny Gustafson
656 San Miguel Way
625 Marion St. NE
Sacramento, CA 95819
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.
Notice of intent
Public notice
Aug. 7, 2009
Aug. 17, 2009
Deadline to submit public comments on the notice of intent
Sept. 25, 2009
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.
Oct. 20, 2009
July 12, 2011
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
July 31, 2012
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 (not available)
Exhibit G, Materials Analysis
Exhibit H, Geology and Soil Stability (Att 1, Att 2)
Exhibit I, Soils
Exhibit J, Wetlands (text file)
Exhibit K, Land Use
Exhibit L, Protected Areas
Exhibit M, Financial Analysis
Exhibit N, Non-generating Facility Information (not applicable)
Exhibit O, Water Requirements
Exhibit P, Fish Wildlife Habitat (Att 1, Att 2, Att 3-7)
Exhibit Q, Threatened and Endangered Plants and Animals
Exhibit R, Scenic Aesthetic Values (Att 1)
Exhibit S, Cultural Resources (text file)
Exhibit T, Recreational Facilities
Exhibit U, Public Services
Exhibit V, Waste Minimization
Exhibit W, Site Restoration
Exhibit X, Noise
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 (Att 1)
March 29, 2013
Public information meeting (Arlington)
April 10, 2013
April 25, 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.
Aug. 9, 2013
*Public hearing (Ione)
Sept. 9, 2013
Deadline for public comments to be received by ODOE, to be included in the record at the Draft Proposed Order hearing
Sept. 9, 2013
*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 (Gresham)
Sept. 27, 2013
Oct. 7, 2013
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.
Oct. 7, 2013
Contested case hearing
Requests for Party Status[+]
Hearing Officer Orders[+]
Responses to Requests for Party Status [+]
Party Filings[+]
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