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Wheatridge Wind Energy Facility
Facility: The proposed Wheatridge Wind Energy Facility would be located in Morrow and Umatilla counties, and would produce up to 500 megawatts of electricity. The facility would consist of up to 292 wind turbines divided into two groups: Wheatridge West and Wheatridge East; and an interconnection corridor containing up to two parallel overhead 230 kilovolt (kV) transmission lines connecting Wheatridge West and Wheatridge East. In addition, the proposed facility would have related and supporting facilities, including collector substations, 34.5 kV collector lines, meteorological towers, communication system, operations and maintenance buildings, access roads, and temporary construction areas. 
Status (Proposed): The department determined the application for site certificate complete on July 1, 2015. The department issued a Proposed Order on August 5, 2016.
Location: The Wheatridge West turbine group is located entirely within Morrow County, approximately seven miles northwest of Heppner. The Wheatridge East turbine group is located approximately 16 miles northeast of Heppner and will span Morrow County and Umatilla County. The facility site boundary, including the intraconnection corridor, spans approximately 13,097 acres – all on private property.
Applicant: Wheatridge Wind Energy, LLC, a subsidiary of Swaggart Wind Power, LLC.
Contact Information
Andrew O’Connell
Sarah Esterson
P.O. Box 133
550 Capitol St. NE​
Ione, OR 97843
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.
Feb. 22, 2013
March 13, 2013
Deadline to submit public comments on the notice of intent
April 15, 2013
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.
May 22, 2013
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
Dec. 19, 2014
Complete application
Exhibit A, General Information about the Applicant
Exhibit B, Project Description
Exhibit C, Location
Exhibit D, Organizational Expertise
Exhibit E, Permits
Exhibit F, Property Owners
Exhibit G, Materials Analysis
Exhibit H, Geology
Exhibit I, Soils
Exhibit J, Waters of the State
               J Part 1 (Large File)
               J Part 2 (Large File)

Exhibit K, Compliance with Planning Goals (large file)
Exhibit L, Protected Areas
Exhibit M, Financial Capability
Exhibit N, Need for the Facility
Exhibit O, Water Use
Exhibit P, Fish and Wildlife Habitat (Large file)
Exhibit Q, Threatened and Endangered Species (Large file)
Exhibit R, Scenic Resources
Exhibit S, Historic, Cultural, and Archaeological Resources
Exhibit T, Recreation
Exhibit U, Public Services
Exhibit V, Solid Waste and Wastewater
Exhibit W, Site Restoration
Exhibit X, Noise
Exhibit Y, Facility CO2 Emissions
Exhibit Z, Cooling Tower Plume
Exhibit AA, Electric and Magnetic Fields
Exhibit BB, Other Information
Exhibit CC, Other Law
Exhibit DD, Specific Standards
July 1, 2015

Supplemental Information
Supplemental Information Request1
Supplemental Information Request2
Revised Exhibit K
Oct. 19, 2015
Jan. 4, 2016
Feb. 2, 2016
Public information meeting
Aug. 11, 2015 
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.
April 27, 2016
Public hearing
May 19, 2016
April 27, 2016
May 16, 2016
Deadline for public comments to be received by ODOE, to be included in the record at the Draft Proposed Order hearing
June 6, 2016
*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.
August 5, 2016
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.
August 5, 2016
Contested case proceeding
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