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December 2019 Siting Project Update


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​Bakeoven Solar Project  Application Submittal

Notice of the complete application was issued and published on November 5, 2019. The Department and applicant held a public information meeting in Maupin on November 13, 2019. The Department is preparing the Draft Proposed Order.

​Boardman to Hemingway Transmission Line​ – Draft Proposed Order

The public comment period on the DPO ended on August 22, 2019. Idaho Power Company had until November 7, 2019 to respond in writing to the public comments received.The Council will review the Draft Proposed Order, comments, and responses received on the DPO at the December 19-20, 2019 meeting in Pendleton, Oregon. Following Council’s review, the Department will release its Proposed Order. 

Jordan Cove Energy Project/Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline

On September 13, 2019 The Department of State Lands approved an application extension until January 31, 2020, subject to receiving additional information from the applicant by October 20, 2019. On September 16, 2019 the Department of Land Conservation and Development received a request for a stay agreement which would move the department’s federal consistency review decision due date to January 31, 2020.

On November 15, 2019 the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a notice of availability of its Final Environmental Impact Statement. The notice initiates a 90 day public review period. The notice also describes how the USFS and BLM would utilize the Final EIS in evaluating proposed amendments to their land management plans, which would be required for the agencies to grant Right-of-Way through their respective jurisdictional lands. The anticipated issuance of the FERC’s Final Order is no later than February 13, 2020.  

Madras Solar Energy Facility​ – Notice of Intent

ODOE issued a Project Order on September 12, 2019. The applicant intends to submit their preliminary Application for Site Certificate (pASC) in early December 2019. The Department and revewing agencies will then conduct a completeness review.  ​

Obsidian Solar Center​ – Application Submittal

Notice of the complete application was issued and published on October 30, 2019. The Department and applicant held a public information meeting in Silverlake on November 14, 2019. The Department is preparing the Draft Proposed Order. 

Perennial Wind Chaser Station Amendment 1 – Proposed Order

ODOE issued the Proposed Order on October 2, 2019. A Notice of Opportunity to Request a Contested Case was issued on the same day. At the November 21-22, 2019 meeting, Council approved the Proposed Order as the Final Order and granted the first amended site certificate. The Final Order is subject to judicial review pursuant to ORS 3469.403 and OAR 345-027-0371(12).  

Blue Marmot Solar Energy Facility - Notice of Intent

On November 11, 2019, the applicant submitted a request for the Council to extend the NOI, and at the November 21-22, 2019 EFSC meeting the Council granted the extension. The NOI expiration date is now January 19, 2021.

The Department will issue the project order prior to the applicant submitting a preliminary Application for Site Certificate (pASC). 

Port Westward Generating Project Amendment 11 – Proposed Order

ODOE issued the Proposed Order on October 3, 2019. A Notice of Opportunity to Request a Contested Case was issued on the same day. The Council adopted its Final Order on November 22, 2019, approving Request for Amendment 11 and granting the Eleventh Amended Site Certifcate. The Final Order is subject to judicial review pursuant to ORS 469.403 OAR 345-027-0371(12).​ 

Shepherds Flat Central Amendment 2 – FInal Order

ODOE received the preliminary Request for Amendment 3 on October 7, 2019, and deemed the pRFA incomplete on October 23, 2019. ODOE expects to issue a determination of completeness in November.

On October 23, 2019 ODOE determined that Type B review for the Request for Amendment 3 was justified. On October 24, 2019 the Department sent a courtesy email notice of its determination by Gov Delivery.The Department expects to issue a determination of completeness in December 2019. 


Shepherds Flat Central Amendment 3 – Amendment Submittal

ODOE received the preliminary Request for Amendment 3 on October 7, 2019, and deemed the pRFA incomplete on October 23, 2019. ODOE expects to issue a determination of completeness in November.

On October 23, 2019 ODOE determined that Type B review for the Request for Amendment 3 was justified. On October 24, 2019 the Department sent a courtesy email notice of its determination by Gov Delivery.


Shepherds Flat North Amendment 2 – Amendment Submittal

ODOE received the preliminary Request for Amendment (pRFA) 2 on October 7, 2019, and deemed the pRFA incomplete on October 23, 2019. The Department deemed the Request for Amendment 2 (RFA2) complete on November 21, 2019, and issued the Draft Proposed Order on the Request for Amendment 2 on November 22, 2019, initiating a 21 day public comment period which will conclude on December 13, 2019. The Department anticipates issuing the Proposed Order on Request for Amendment 2 shortly after the conclusion of the public comment period, with Council review of the Proposed Order at its December 19-20, 2019 meeting.

Shepherds Flat South Amendment 2 – Amendment Submittal

On October 23, 2019, ODOE determined that Type B review for the Request for Amendment 2 was justified. On October 24, 2019 ODOE sent a courtesy email notice of its determination by Gov Delivery. The Department expects to issue a determination of completeness in December 2019.

Wheatridge Wind Energy Facility Amendment 4 – Proposed Order

ODOE issued a Proposed Order on October 4, 2019. A Notice of Opportunity to Request a Contested Case was issued on the same day. At the November 21-22, 2019 meeting, Council approved the Proposed Order as the Final Order and granted a fouth amended site certificate. The Final Order is subject to judicial review pursuant to ORS 469.403 and OAR 345-027(12).


Rulemaking​ – Amendment Rulemaking

EFSC approved proposed rules at its October 25, 2019 meeting and authorized staff to file a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking with the Oregon Secretary of State. The Notice, including the Statements of Need and Fiscal Impact and the Proposed Rules are available on the Council rulemaking website. A public comment period on the proposed rule changes closed on November 27, 2019 at 5 p.m. 

The Council held a hearing on the proposed rules at its November 21-22, 2019 meeting. The Council also extended the public comment period on the proposed rule changes. All written comments must now be received by December 18, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. to be considered. Written comments may be provided by email to EFSC.rulemaking@oregon.gov​, or by U.S. mail, hand delivery, or fax to:

EFSC Rules Coordinator
Oregon Department of Energy
550 Capitol St. NE​
Salem, OR 97301
Fax: 503-373-7806 

Compliance Rulemaking 

Council approved a revised scope for this project as part of the 2020-2022 Rulemaking Schedule approved at the November 21-22, 2019 meeting in The Dalles. The updated scope limits this rulemaking to changes associated with OAR 345-026. Issues related to Geospatial Resources and Research Reactors were moved to new projects.

Staff will reach out to the appointed RAC members in the coming months.


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Next EFSC Meeting​: December 19-20​, 2019


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