Facilities

Golden Hills Wind Project is approved to be a wind energy facility with up to 125 wind turbines and a maximum capacity of 400 megawatts, located within a site boundary of approximately 29,500 acres.

Under Review/Approved: The facility has not yet been built. Construction must begin by June 18, 2020.

On July 6, 2018, the Department received a complete Request for Amendment 5 (RFA5) for the Golden Hills Wind Project site certificate (provided in link below). RFA5 requests approval for construction and operation of a differing turbine model option that would increase turbine hub height, maximum blade tip height, and reduce minimum blade tip clearance; RFA5 also requests to amend Condition PRE-DC-01 based on differing turbine model option specifications and to eliminate a restriction on combined weight of turbine metal.

The Department issued a Draft Proposed Order on Request for Amendment 5 on July 13, 2018 and conducted a public hearing on August 23, 2018 at Boardman City Hall in Boardman, Oregon. On September 12, 2018, the Department issued a Proposed Order on Request for Amendment 5, Notice of Proposed Order (notice), and Notice of an Opportunity to Request a Contested Case. Petitions requesting a contested case proceeding on the proposed order must be received by the Department by 5 p.m. on October 12, 2018, as further described in the notice provided below​.

Sherman County, near the town of Wasco. PDF Map | Online Map
Applicant/Certificate holder: Golden Hills Wind Farm, LLC, a subsidiary of Pacific Wind Development, LLC (Pacific Wind), a subsidiary of Avangrid Renewables, LLC (Avangrid).
ODOE contact: Sarah Esterson
Applicant/Certificate holder contact: Brian Walsh
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Project Amendment(s)

  
Description
  
Preliminary Request for Amendment 5
05/04/2018
05/04/2018
06/01/2018
07/06/2018
07/13/2018
07/13/2018
Public Hearing on Draft Proposed Order
08/23/2018
09/12/2018
09/12/2018
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Project Timeline

  
Description
  
Preliminary Application Received
07/01/2007
Complete Application
09/04/2008
05/15/2009
05/15/2009
06/18/2009
12/08/2011
05/11/2012
05/18/2012
06/13/2014
01/30/2015
02/11/2015
12/01/2015
02/28/2017
02/28/2017
04/27/2018
04/30/2018
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Exhibit Files Reference

  • Exhibit A: Applicant Information 
  • Exhibit B: Project Description
  • Exhibit C: Property Location and Maps
  • Exhibit D: Organizational Information
  • Exhibit E​: Permits Required
  • Exhibit F: Property Ownership 
  • Exhibit G: Materials Analysis
  • Exhibit H: Geology and Soil Stability 
  • Exhibit I: Soils
  • Exhibit J: Wetlands
  • Exhibit K: Land Use
  • Exhibit L: Protected Areas
  • Exhibit M: Financial Analysis
  • Exhibit N​: Non-generating Facility Information
  • Exhibit O: Water Requirements
  • Exhibit P: Fish Wildlife Habitat 
  • Exhibit Q: Threatened and Endangered Plants and Animals
  • Exhibit R: Scenic Aesthetic Values 
  • Exhibit S: Cultural Resources
  • Exhibit T: Recreational Facilities 
  • Exhibit U: Public Services
  • Exhibit V​: Waste Minimization 
  • Exhibit W: Site Restoration
  • Exhibit X: Noise 
  • Exhibit Y: Carbon Dioxide Emissions 
  • Exhibit Z: Cooling Towers  
  • Exhibit AA: EMFs – Electric and Magnetic Fields
  • Exhibit BB: Other Information
  • Exhibit CC: Additional Statutes Rules Ordinances
  • Exhibit DD​: Other Specific Standards