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August 2020 Siting Project Update​s​

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

The Department issued a public notice of the receipt of the NOI on July 22, 2020, which opened a public and agency comment period on the NOI through September 4, 2020. The Department will then prepare the project order. The preliminary application for site certificate is anticipated in fall 2020.​

Boardman to Hemingway Transmission Line – Proposed Order 

On July 2, 2020, the Department issued the Proposed Order and Notice of the Proposed Order and Contested Case proceeding. The Proposed Order includes changes from the Draft Proposed Order (DPO) in red-line format, in response to comments raised on the record of the DPO, and recommends that EFSC approve the ASC and grant a site certificate, subject to recommended conditions. On July 24, 2020, the Department extended the deadline to submit petitions for party or limited party status for the contested case proceeding to August 27, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

Deadline to request party status or limited party status is August 27, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. As the Department receives petitions for party or limited party status, it will periodically update and provide this information on the project page.   

Obsidian Solar Center  – Draft Proposed Order  

On July 20, 2020 at 5:30 p.m., the Department and EFSC held a public hearing on the DPO with an opportunity to provide oral and written testimony in-person in Christmas Valley, Oregon as well as via webinar and by calling into the hearing. At the public hearing, the applicant requested the EFSC-appointed Hearing Officer leave the record open for an opportunity to respond to DPO comments, which was granted. The public comment period closed on July 20, 2020 at the close of the hearing and the record on the DPO closed at 12:00 p.m. on July 22, 2020. The Council began to review the DPO, comments, and applicant responses to comments at its July 24, 2020 EFSC meeting.  

The Council will continue reviewing the DPO, comments, and applicant responses to comments at its August 21, 2020 meeting. The Department is reviewing DPO comments, applicant responses, and will incorporate those and any Council comments into the Proposed Order.

Montague Wind Power Facility  – Amendment 5 Proposed Order 

Public comment period on RFA5 and the Department's DPO concluded at the close of the public hearing, held on July 23, 2020. Council reviewed the DPO and all comments submitted on the record at their meeting on July 24, 2020. On July 30, 2020 the Department issued the Proposed Order, Notice of Proposed Order and Notice of Opportunity to Request a Contested Case Proceeding on the Proposed Order. The proposed order includes an evaluation of comments received from the general public, reviewing agencies, certificate holder and Council.

Written requests for a contested case on the Proposed Order must be received by the Department by August 31, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. At the September meeting, Council will review any requests for contested case to determine whether to grant or deny such requests; or, if none are received, Council will review the Proposed Order and approve, modify or reject the Proposed Order as the Final Order. If the Proposed Order is approved or modified, the Council would then grant issuance of an amended and two original site certificates, as requested in RFA5.

Wheatridge Renewable Energy Facility I – Amendment to Transfer #1 Review  

The Department will issue its draft order on the request to transfer in August 2020. The Department will provide a draft final order in the August 21 Council meeting material, to be posted to the Council meeting webpage, evaluating Portland General Electric's ability to satisfy the Council's Organizational Expertise and Retirement and Financial Assurance standards, and any issues raised in comments received. The Department anticipates Council review of the transfer request, following the transfer hearing, at the August 21, 2020 Council meeting.

Madras Solar Energy Facility – Application Submittal  

At its May 21/22 EFSC meeting, Council appointed Joe Allen, J.D. as the hearing officer for the proposed Madras Solar Energy Facility.

The Department and reviewing agencies are conducting a completeness review of the preliminary application for site certificate. Coinciding with the completeness review, the Department is reviewing the applicant's responses to requested information, and will continue to review additional information as it is provided.

Jordan Cove Energy Project/Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline   

On April 20, 2020 the Oregon Department of Justice submitted a request for rehearing to the FERC regarding its approval of the project. On April 21, 2020 Jordan Cove Energy Project submitted to the FERC a request seeking a Declaratory Order acknowledging that Oregon DEQ waived its authority to issue a section 401 Clean Water Act permit.

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.

Rulemaking - Clarifying Standard for Contested Case Requests on Type A Amendments

The public comment period for this rulemaking ended on July 16, 2020. The Council expects to continue its review of public comments and deliberations on final rules at its August meeting.​

​RulemakingRadioactive Materials Enforcement 

The Rulemaking Advisory Committee (RAC) for this project met on July 15, 2020. The Department expects to hold at least two more advisory committee meetings in August and September. The Department has also committed to have a public workshop on the proposed rules prior to the Council's consideration of proposed rules. Additional information and meeting materials will be posted to the Council's rulemaking website as they become available.​

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