Facilities

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​ January 2022 Siting Project Update​s


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

The applicant anticipates submitting a preliminary application for site certificate in 2022. 

Blue Marmot  Solar Energy Facility  Notice of Intent  

The applicant indicated it is pursuing a modified facility lay out and pursuing permitting via the County process (see the HB 2329 Section below for more details). The applicant also indicated it may proceed with the EFSC review of the facility proposed to EFSC in the ASC, however, the ODOE/EFSC review of the proposed facility is on a temporary hold at this time.

Boardman to Hemingway Transmission Line – Contested Case 

The deadline to submit sur-rebuttal (response to rebuttal) testimony, evidence, and requests for cross-examination of witnesses was December 3, 2021. 

The virtual cross-examination hearings will be held on January 10, 11, 13, 14, 18, and 19, 2022 according to the witness schedule designated by the Hearing Officer on December 16, 2021. ​

​​Bonanza Energy Facility​ – Notice of Intent  

The applicant anticipates submitting a preliminary application for site certificate (pASC) in the first quarter of 2022.

Eugene to Medford Transmission Line –  Amendment 4 Submittal 

Upon PacifiCorp’s submittal of requested information, the Department will review the information and will either request further informat​ion or determine that the RFA4 is complete. The Department is drafting the portions of the Draft Proposed Order where sufficient information is available related to a given EFSC standard. 

Jordan Cove Energy Project/Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline  

On December 1, the project owner filed their initial brief requesting that FERC vacate the authorizations for the project under Sections 3 and 7 of the Natural Gas Act. On December 16, FERC issued an order vacating the authorization issued for both the Jordan Cove LNG Terminal and the Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline. This effectively ends the project.

Mon​tague Solar Facility – ADR Review 

The Department anticipates issuance of a determination on whether the proposed changes require a site certificate amendment under OAR 345-027-0350(4) in 2022.

Nolin Hills Wind Project    Application Submittal 

The Department will review revised preliminary application once submitted. The Department is drafting the portions of the Draft Proposed Order where sufficient information is available related to a given EFSC standard.

Obsidian Solar Center  –  Contested Case 

Hearing Officer’s Proposed Contested Case Order to be issued by January 3, 2022. 
The deadlines for parties and limited parties to file exceptions and responses to exceptions on the Proposed Contested Case Order are January 26 and February 9, 2022. 

Port Westward Renewable Diesel Project    Exemption Request Submittal 

Columbia County has begun its review of the land use application. The Department is waiting on the applicant to submit evidence of land use approval.

Stateline Wind Project –​ Amendment 6 Proposed Order 

The Council conducted a remote DPO public hearing on December 16, 2021. On December 17, 2021, following the close of the hearing, Council reviewed the DPO and issues raised in comments received. On December 21, the Department issued a Proposed Order on RFA6, along with notice of an opportunity to request a contested case proceeding on the Proposed Order with a deadline of January 20, 2022. 

The Department anticipates presenting requests for contested case, if received, to Council at the January 28, 2022 meeting. If there are no requests for a contested case proceeding received by the deadline, the Department anticipates presenting the proposed order to Council for their opportunity to approve, modify or reject the proposed order and issue a final order, either granting or denying issuance of an amended site certificate.

Wagon Trail Solar Project – Amended Notice of Intent 

The applicant anticipates submitting a preliminary application for site certificate in early 2022. 

West End Solar Energy Project – Preliminary Application for Site Certificate (Expedited Review)   

The reviewing agency comment period on the preliminary application for site certificate (pASC) closed on December 17, 2021, however Department coordination with reviewing agencies is ongoing. 

Per the expedited review process, the Department will issue a Project Order now that it has received the pASC. The Department will issue its determination of pASC completeness and any initial information requests to the applicant on or before January 4, 2022. 

Rulemaking  HB 2064 (EFSC Quorum) 

The Council adopted permanent rules amending the quorum rule as proposed in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking at its meeting on December 17, 2021. The rules were filed under Permanent Administrative Order EFSC 2-2021 and take effect on January 1, 2022.

Rulemaking – Trojan ISFSI 

The Council adopted permanent rules at its meeting on December 17, 2021. The rules were filed under Permanent Administrative Order EFSC 3-2021 and became effective on December 17.

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

Staff has continued to revise its analysis and recommendations for this project based on advice and information provided by stakeholders during the public workshops held in 2021.

The Department intends to provide an update on this rulemaking to the Council at its February 2022 meeting. Based on the feedback received from the Council. Staff will publish its revised analysis and recommendations along with draft proposed rules ahead of this meeting. 

Rulemaking – Radioactive Waste Materials 

The second RAC meeting for this rulemaking was held on December 20, 2021 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. A recording of the meeting is available from the Council's rulemaking website.

The third RAC meeting for this rulemaking will be scheduled in the coming weeks, likely for mid-February. Additional details and materials will be posted to the Council's rulemaking website as they become available.

Rulemaking –​ Application Review Process Phase 1 

Staff will conduct an initial scoping survey to obtain initial input on the rulemaking project and identify organization and individuals that may be interested in participating on a Rulemaking Advisory Committee for this project. Anyone who is interested in participating in the scoping survey can sign up for email updates on the Council’s rulemaking page.


Rulemaking  Wildfire Mitigation and Response 

The Department plans to hold a rulemaking workshop to obtain public input on this rulemaking on January 27, 2022 from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Additional details and materials will be posted to the Council’s rulemaking website as they become available.

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