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​ ​March 2023 Siting Project Update​s​​

The Latest Updates
​Approved Facilities Under Construction:
Archway Solar Energy Facility​ – Preliminary Application Submittal 

The Department’s review of the preliminary application for site certificate and reviewing agency coordination is ongoing, with more requests for additional information anticipated.​

Boardman to Hemingway Transmission Line – Judicial Review of Final Order on the Application for Site Certificate (ASC):

Oral arguments for attorney-represented petitioners, Stop B2H Coalition and Michael McAllister, and Department and Idaho Power representatives occurred on January 18, 2023 at the Oregon Supreme Court. A decision will be issued on or before June 5, 2023.

Preliminary Request for Amendment 1:
On February 2, 2023, IPC submitted a revised pRFA1. The Department’s review of pRFA1, reviewing agency coordination, and drafting the DPO is ongoing.  

Cascade Renewable Transmission System  Notice of Intent

Once all required information for the Notice of Intent is submitted, the Department will establish a project page and issue a public notice with a comment period. The Department and applicant will also hold in-person public informational meetings with remote participation opportunities along the route of the project. The dates, times, and locations of these meetings will be included in the public notice.​

Echo Solar Project  Notice of Intent 

The Department anticipates submittal of the preliminary application for site certificate in early to mid-2023.

Eugene to Medford Transmission Line –  Preliminary Request for Amendment  

Review of the amendment request and issuance of a Draft Proposed Order is on hold pending an update on the federal review process from the certificate holder.  

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 2023.

Nolin Hills Wind Project    Contested Case

Motions for summary determination by parties were submitted to the Hearing Officer by February 21, 2023. The deadline for parties to respond to motions for summary determination is March 21, 2023. The deadline for replies to responses is April 11, 2023. The date for the Hearing Officer’s ruling on motions for summary determination is May 12, 2023. 

Oregon Trail Solar​​ – Amendment 1 Proposed Order 

No petitions for a contested case were received by the Department by February 24, 2023. EFSC will review the Proposed Order/Draft Final Order and will likely make its final decision at its March 24, 2023 meeting.

Wagon Trail Solar Project – Completeness Review 

The Department’s review of the preliminary application for site certificate, transmittal of RAI’s, and reviewing agency coordination is ongoing. 

West End Solar Energy Project – Final Order (Expedited Review)  

No petitions to participate in the contested case were received by the hearing officer or Department by February 13, 2023. The Hearing Officer issued the Order Concluding Contested Case on February 17, 2023. EFSC will review the Proposed Order/Draft Final Order and will likely make its final decision at its March 24, 2023 meeting.  

Wheatridge East – Preliminary Request for Amendment 1

The Department expects to receive additional pRFA exhibits in early 2023. Once all required information is submitted, the Department will update the project webpage, issue a public notice, and initiate review with state, tribal and local governments. 

Rulemaking – Radioactive Waste Materials 

RAC members have requested and been granted an extension for generating feedback and suggestions on draft rule language. The Department is identifying potential rule revisions and drafting proposed rule language in consideration of comments and recommendations provided by the RAC. The Department intends to convene an additional RAC meeting to in April to review draft rule language, RAC feedback, and any outstanding policy issues. ​

Rulemaking –​ 2022 Site Certificate Amendment 

Following completion of the 5-year review, staff will present the results and preliminary recommendations for rulemaking, including recommendations for RAC membership to Council.​

Rulemaking – Application Review Process - Phase 1

At the March 24, 2023 Council meeting, the Department will request Council initiate this rulemaking. Staff will present membership and schedule options for a rulemaking advisory committee membership and preliminary rule language. 

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