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.
Approved/Under Construction: The facility commenced Phase 1 construction (Operations and Maintenance Building) on June 8, 2020. The construction completion deadline is June 18, 2021.

On October 1, 2020, the Department received preliminary Request for Amendment 6 of the Golden Hills Wind Project site certificate (pRFA6). pRFA6 seeks Council approval for the following site certificate changes: extension of the construction completion deadline by 18 months from June 18, 2021 to December 31, 2022; addition of approximately 534 acres to the facility micrositing corridor to adjust the final location of access roads and collector lines; and, amendment of 7 previously imposed site certificate conditions related to the Council's Historic, Cultural and Archeological standard. On October 16, 2020, the Department issued Public Notice of receipt of pRFA6, notifying the public of receipt of pRFA6 and of the next steps in the amendment review process.

Preliminary Request for Amendment 6 includes a Type B Review Amendment Determination Request (Type B Review ADR) seeking concurrence that the amendment request be processed under Type B review, which is currently being evaluated by the Department.

The Department will post its determination on the Type B Review ADR to the website and will issue a courtesy notice via ClickDimensions of its determination. Following review and completeness determination of pRFA6, the Department will issue a Draft Proposed Order and Notice of Draft Proposed Order, initiating a public comment period on both the amendment request and Draft Proposed Order. These materials will be posted to the project webpage below upon issuance.

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)

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Description
  
10/01/2020
10/01/2020
10/16/2020

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Project Timeline

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Additional Documents
  
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
07/02/2018

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10/25/2018
11/15/2018
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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