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December 2020 Siting Project Update​s

The Latest Updates
​Approved Facilities Under Construction:
Archway Solar Energy Facility​ – Notice of Intent 

The Department was notified by the applicant that submittal of the preliminary application for site certificate would be delayed from October 2020 to October 2021. 

Blue Marmot  Solar Energy Facility –  Revised Notice of Intent (Revised)

The applicant previously submitted a Notice of Intent (NOI) in January 2018, however, due to modifications of the proposed facility, the applicant submitted a revised NOI on October 27, 2020.

The deadline for the public and reviewing agency comment period is December 18, 2020. An informational meeting on the NOI will be held remotely December 8, 2020. More information including the link to the informational meeting is available on the Department’s webpage​.

Boardman to Hemingway Transmission Line – Contested Case 

Department and Hearing Officer received 54 petitions for party or limited party status in the contested case. All petitions received are available on the project webpage. The Hearing Officer held two prehearing conferences prior to issuing the Hearting Officer’s Order on Party Status which identified parties and issues for the contested case. The Hearing Officer’s Order on Party Status may be appealed to Council and the Council reviewed and made determinations on appeals at its November 19-20 regular Council Meeting and at a Special Council Meeting on November 25, 2020. 

The Hearing Officer is anticipated to issue Notice of a Prehearing Case Management Conference in December 2020. 

Bonanza Energy Facility​ – Notice of Intent  

On October 29, 2020, the Department extended the public comment period on the Notice of Intent. The public comment period closed on November 30, 2020. 

The Department will prepare a Project Order, and anticipates receipt of the preliminary application for site certificate in early 2021.

Carty Generating Station – Final Order

Council reviewed and approved the Proposed Order on Request for Amendment 2 at the November 19, 2020 Council meeting, resulting in an amended site certificate for the Carty Generating Station.

Golden Hills Wind Project – Submittal

The Department received the ADR on August 6, 2020. Based upon review of the ADR, on August 14, 2020, the Department issued its determination confirming that a site certificate amendment would not be required for the proposed change. On the same day, the Department posted to its project webpage and issued a courtesy electronic notice, to individuals that have signed up via the Department’s list serve, of receipt of the ADR and the determination. Neither certificate holder nor members of the Council exercised their opportunity to request further review of the Department’s determination. 

The Department anticipates issuing a determination on whether Type B Review is justified, or Type A Review be maintained and a Draft Proposed Order on Amendment 6 in December 2020.

Jordan Cove Energy Project/Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline  

On October 19th, the National Marine Fisheries Service notified FERC that they have re-initiated consultation on the project. FERC’s approval requires that the project owner receive all federal and federally delegated permits prior to beginning construction. The FERC order allows the project owner to begin condemnation proceedings to acquire Rights of Way through the use of eminent domain.

Madras Solar Energy Facility​ – Application Submittal 

On November 9, 2020, the applicant filed a complete Application for Site Certificate (ASC). On November 13, 2020, the Department issued a Public Notice of the complete ASC and public information meeting. 

The Department will host a public information meeting on the complete ASC on December 1, 2020 to be held electronically via WebEx and teleconference. More information including the link to the informational meeting is available on the Department's webpage.

Nolan Hills Wind Project    Application Submittal 

Revised application received November 2020 that includes 260 MW’s of proposed solar photovoltaic and 120 MW’s of battery storage components on 1,896 acres.

The Department and reviewing agencies are conducting a completeness review of the revised preliminary application for site certificate. The Department will either request further information or determine that the application is complete.

​Obsidian Solar Center  –  Contested Case

The Department issued the Proposed Order, Notice of Proposed Order and Contested Case Proceeding on October 9, 2020. One petition requesting to participate the contested case was received by the Department by November 9, 2020 and is available on the Department’s webpage​.

On November 23, 2020, the Hearing Officer issued Notice of a Prehearing Conference and Agenda. The Prehearing Conference is scheduled for December 17, 2020. The deadline for applicant and Department responses to the petition is December 3, 2020.

Port Westward Renewable Diesel Project   Exemtion Submittal

On November 9, 2020, the Department received a request for exemption. The Department is currently reviewing the request for completeness.

Summit Ridge Wind Farm​  Council Review and Possible Decision

It its November 19, 2020 meeting, the Council conducted a Transfer Hearing, providing an opportunity for interested individuals to provide comments to Council on the requested transfer (i.e. scope is limited to an evaluation of Council’s Organizational Expertise and Retirement and Financial Assurance standards). 

At its December 18, 2020 meeting the Council will review the Department’s draft Final Order on Request for Amendment 5 to Transfer and will have the opportunity to approve, modify or reject the order as the final order. If approved or modified, the Council would issue an amended site certificate authorizing transfer of certificate holder ownership.

Wagon Trail Solar Project – Notice of Intent

On November 3, 2020, the Department received the Notice of Intent. 

The Department anticipates issuing Public Notice of receipt of the NOI, opportunity to submit comments on the NOI, and of a remote informational meeting in December 2020. 

Wheatridge Renewable Energy Facility II – Final Order 

Council reviewed and approved the Proposed Order on Request for Amendment 1 at the November 19, 2020 Council meeting, resulting in an amended WREFII site certificate and an original site certificate for WREFE and WREFIII. 

Rulemaking – Radioactive Materials Enforcement 

The Rulemaking Advisory Committee (RAC) held its third and final meeting on Monday November 2, 2020 to review and provide input on draft proposed rules developed by the Department.

On December 7, 2020, the Department will hold a virtual workshop to discuss potential revisions to administrative rules for the enforcement of the laws and rules governing the transport and disposal of radioactive materials and waste in Oregon. At the workshop, ODOE staff will provide an overview of draft proposed rules that were prepared with the assistance of a Rulemaking Advisory Committee. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions about the rulemaking process and provide informal input on the draft proposed rules. Staff will also provide information about a potential legislative concept for the 2021 legislative session that also deals with the transport and disposal of radioactive materials and waste in Oregon. Council will then consider initiation of formal rulemaking at it December 18, 2020 meeting.

Rulemaking – Protected Areas, Scenic Resources, and Recreation Standards​

The Council is seeking written advice from stakeholders to assist in the development of proposed rules and the associated fiscal impact statements. Please send any issues or suggestions related to the Protected Areas, Scenic Resources, and Recreation Standards and associated rules, including any applicable definitions in OAR 345-001-0010 or informational requirements in OAR 345-020-0011 or 345-021-0010 you would like to be considered in this rulemaking to efsc.rulemaking@oregon.gov by December 31, 2020.

The Department will consider any advice received and provide its preliminary recommendations for rulemaking to the Council in early 2021. The Council will consider options for additional public engagement in the development of proposed rules at that time.
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