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October 2019 Siting Project Update


What’s New

The Latest Updates: August 2019
​Boardman to Hemingway Transmission Line​ – Draft Proposed Order  

The public comment period on the DPO ended on August 22, 2019. Idaho Power Company has until November 7, 2019 to respond in writing to the public comments received, and Council will review the Draft Proposed Order and all comments and responses received at a future Council meeting.​

Jordan Cove Energy Project/Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline 

On September 13, 2019 The Department of State Lands approved an application extension until January 31, 2020, subject to receiving additional information from the applicant by October 20, 2019. On September 16, 2019 the Department of Land Conservation and Development received a request for a stay agreement which would move the department’s federal consistency review decision due date to January 31, 2020.

On September 27, 2019 the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued Notice of Revised Schedule for the Environmental Review and the Final Order for the Jordan Cove Energy Project. The new anticipated Issuance of Notice of Availability of the Final EIS is November 15, 2019.  The new anticipated Issuance of the Final Order is no later than February 13, 2020.

Klamath Cogeneration Project  – Request for Amendment 

On September 23, 2019, ODOE issued a determination that the requested change does not require an amendment to the Site Certificate.

Madras Solar Energy Facility​ – Project Order 

ODOE issued a Project Order on September 12, 2019. ODOE anticipates receipt of the applicant's preliminary Application for Site Certificate by the end of October 2019.

Obsidian Solar Center​ – Application Submittal  

The application for site certificate was determined to be complete on September 16, 2019. ODOE will schedule an application completeness public information meeting in proximity to the location of the proposed facility, and will begin preparing the Draft Proposed Order.

Perennial Wind Chaser Station – Draft Proposed Order 

EFSC reviewed the Draft Proposed Order and comments received on the record of the Draft Proposed Order at its September 26-27, 2019 meeting. ODOE anticipates issuing the Proposed Order in early October 2019.

Port Westward Generating Project – Draft Proposed Order

EFSC held a public hearing and reviewed the Draft Proposed Order and comments received on the record of the Draft Proposed Order at its September 26-27, 2019 meeting. ODOE anticipates issuing the Proposed Order in early October 2019.

Shepherds Flat Central – Draft Proposed Order

ODOE issued the Draft Proposed Order on the Request for Amendment 2 on September 24, 2019, initiating a 21-day public comment period, which will conclude on October 15, 2019. ODOE anticipates issuing the Proposed Order on Request for Amendment 2 shortly after the conclusion of the public comment period, with EFSC review of the Proposed Order at its October 25, 2019 meeting.

Shepherds Flat Central – Amendment Determination Requests 

ODOE received two separate Amendment Determination Requests for Shepherds Flat Central:

1. The certificate holder submitted an amendment determination request in May 2019 for a proposed amendment to replace the facility’s existing turbine blades and components, increasing the maximum rotor diameter from 100 meters to 127 meters. On September 5, 2019, ODOE determined that a Type B review for Request for Amendment 2 was justified.

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The certificate holder submitted an amendment determination request on August 26, 2019 for a proposed amendment to replace the existing turbine blades and components for two turbines, increasing the maximum rotor diameter from 100 meters to 127 meters. ODOE expects to issue a determination on Type B review request after it receives additional information about the proposed amendment.

Wheatridge Wind Energy Facility – Draft Proposed Order

EFSC reviewed the Draft Proposed Order and comments received on the record of the Draft Proposed Order at is September 26-27, 2019 meeting. ODOE anticipates issuing the Proposed Order in early October 2019.

Rulemaking​ – Amendment Rulemaking

On August 22, 2019, the Energy Facility Siting Council adopted temporary administrative rules that govern the process for amending an energy facility site certificate. The temporary rules replace rules in OAR 345-015, 345-025, and 345-027 approved by the Council in October 2017. 

EFSC also initiated permanent rulemaking to adopt permanent rules for site certificate amendments. EFSC will review the advice it has received from stakeholders on this project a​s well as proposed rules at its meeting on October 25, 2019. If proposed rules are approved, a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, which initiates a formal public comment period, will be issued. EFSC intends to adopt permanent rules prior to February 17, 2019.

Rulemaking​ – Housekeeping Rulemaking

EFSC considered testimony received on this rulemaking project and adopted permanent rules at its September 27, 2019 meeting. The permanent rules include changes included in the Notice of Propsoed Rulemaking filed with the Secretary of State on June 12, 2019, except that changes to rules in OAR 345-015 and 345-027 affected by the 2019 Amendment Rulemaking were removed. Additional changes to rule wording and formatting were made in response to testimony from the public and staff. ODOE staff will file permanent rules with the Secretary of State in the coming weeks.

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Next EFSC Meeting​: October 25, 2019


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