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June 2021 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 (pASC) in October 2021.​

Blue Marmot  Solar Energy Facility –  Revised Notice of Intent  

The applicant anticipates submitting a preliminary application for site certificate (pASC) in early summer 2021.

Boardman to Hemingway Transmission Line – Contested Case 

The deadline for filing Motions for Summary Determination was May 28, 2021. The Hearing Officer shall grant a Motion for Summary Determination if the pleadings, affidavits, supporting documents and the record in the contested case show that there is no genuine issue as to any material fact that is relevant to resolution of the legal issue as to which a decision is sought; and the agency or party filing the motion is entitled to a favorable ruling as a matter of law. The Department filed 8 Motions for Summary Determinations and the applicant filed 34 Motions for Summary Determinations.

The deadline for filing responses to Motions for Summary Determination is June 25, 2021.

Boardman Solar Energy Project  –  Amendment 1 Submittal  

The Department is awaiting a response from the applicant to RAI #2.

Bonanza Energy Facility​ – Notice of Intent  

The Department issued the Project Order on December 18, 2020. The Department anticipates receipt of the preliminary application for site certificate in early fall 2021.​

Columbia Ethanol Project –  ADR Submittal  

ADR received. The Department is reviewing the information and anticipates making a determination on whether an amendment is required in June 2021.​

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 information 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  

Following a request from the applicant, FERC withdrew requests to reinitiate formal consultation with the NMFS and the USFWS. Also, due to their decision to “pause the development of the Project while they assess the impact of recent permitting decisions", the Applicant provided a status update in lieu of their required quarterly reports. FERC Chair Richard Glick also sent a letter to Governor Brown in which he responded to her February letter requesting more formal and meaningful consultation opportunities for Oregon's Tribes to participate in FERC's process.

The applicant has decided to “pause the development of the Project while they assess the impact of recent permitting decisions". The FERC license 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​ – Draft Proposed Order 

Staff issued the Proposed Order and notice of opportunity to request participation in the Contested Case on May 10, 2021.

The deadline to request participation in the Contested Case is June 10, 2021. If no one requests participation in the Contested Case, at its June 25, 2021 meeting the Council will review changes from the Draft Proposed Order to the Proposed Order and will either approve or amend the Proposed Order as the Final Order and issue a site certificate, or will reject the Proposed Order and deny a site certificate.

Nolan Hills Wind Project    Application Submittal 

The applicant submitted a revised preliminary application in response to requests for additional information from the Department and reviewing agencies.

The Department is reviewing the revised preliminary application and will determine the application is complete or will issue a request for additional information. 

​Obsidian Solar Center  –  Contested Case 

On May 24, 2021, the Hearing Officer issued a ruling on Motions for Discovery Orders filed by the applicant and Limited Parties. The Hearing Officer denied the applicant and Limited Parties request for additional responses and information.

The deadline to submit written direct testimony, evidence, and submit proposed site certificate conditions is June 28, 2021. 

Port Westward Renewable Diesel Project    Exemption Request Submittal 

NEXT responded to the Department's request for additional information on February 26, 2021 and March 22, 2021. The Department evaluated the information submitted and concluded that the exemption request is still incomplete without land use approval for the facility and associated rail spur. The Department issued a letter to NEXT on March 30, 2021 with an evaluation of the entire exemption request while also stating that the request is still incomplete.

The Department is waiting on the applicant to submit evidence of land use approval.​

Wagon Trail Solar Project – Amended Notice of Intent 

On May 19, 2021, the Department received an amended Notice of Intent (NOI) from the applicant increasing the acreage from 4,500 to 5,000.

The Department is reviewing the information and anticipates issuing an Amended Project Order in early summer 2021. The applicant anticipates submitting a preliminary application for site certificate in the summer (2021).

West End Solar Energy Project – Approved Expedited Review for Small Capacity Facilities  

The applicant anticipates submitting a preliminary application for site certificate (pASC) in early summer 2021. Per the expedited review process, the Department will issue a Project Order after receiving the preliminary application.

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

At its April 23​, 2021 meeting, the Council reviewed stakeholder advice received on this rulemaking project, as well as staff's recommendations for the conduct of rulemaking proceedings. The Council directed staff to conduct additional rulemaking workshops to obtain additional public input on outstanding rulemaking issues and potential rule revisions.

In the coming months, the Department will conduct a series of public workshops to obtain additional public input on outst​​anding rulemaking issues and potential rule revisions. The first workshop will focus on addressing issues related to the applicability of newly adopted rules and standards and other procedural issues.

Rulemaking – Trojan ISFSI

The Council initiated this rulemaking project at its meeting on February 26, 2021. Staff will make draft proposed rules and an updated evaluation of the terms and conditions of PGE's Special Nuclear Materials license and its associated Safety Analysis Report available for public review in mid-2021, prior to the Council's consideration of proposed rules.

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