Facilities

The Nolin Hills Wind Power Project is a proposed wind and solar energy generation facility with a nominal generating capacity of approximately 600 megawatts (preliminarily 340 MW from wind and 260 MW from solar), located within a site boundary of approximately 48,196 acres of private land primarily zoned exclusive farm use. Other proposed components include two 230 kilovolt (kV) transmission lines, two substations, an operations and maintenance building, a battery energy storage system (BESS), electrical collection system (underground and overhead collector lines), access roads, and up to three meteorological towers.

Proposed. Nolin Hills Wind, LLC (applicant), a subsidiary of Capital Power Corporation, filed a complete ASC on January 31, 2022; the ASC may be viewed via hyperlinks provided below or in hard copy at the Oregon Department of Energy Salem office. On April 19, 2022 the Department issued its Draft Proposed Order (DPO) on the ASC, and its Notice of a Public Hearing on the DPO and of an opportunity to provide comments on the DPO. The Council held a Public Hearing on the Draft Proposed Order on Thursday, May 26, 2022. At the hearing, the applicant obtained approval from the Hearing Officer to continue the hearing until June 24, 2022 to afford them the opportunity to respond to issues raised in comments received on the record of the Draft Proposed Order.  

All comments received during the comment period, including a transcript of the May 26, 2022 public hearing, are available on ODOE Comment portal: https://odoe.powerappsportals.us/SitingPublicComment/

ODOE also has a new docket system available which displays comments that have been submitted on Siting projects. Comments for this project will be posted to the document and will normally be available to view within 3 business days of receipt. The docket can be accessed via the following link:

https://odoe.powerappsportals.us/en-US/sitingdocket/

Council will review the Draft Proposed Order, following the close of the record of the Draft Proposed Order Public Hearing, anticipated to occur at the June or July 2022 meeting. Following Council review of the Draft Proposed Order, the Department will issue a Proposed Order, Notice of Proposed Order and Notice of Opportunity to Request a Contested Case. Following the contested case proceeding, the Council will take action to either approve, modify or reject the Department's Proposed Order and Hearing Officer's Proposed Contested Case Order, and will issue a Final Order on the Application for Site Certificate either denying or approving a site certificate.​

​​The proposed facility would be located in Umatilla County, south of I-84, and approximately 4 miles south of Echo and 10 miles west of Pendleton. PDF Map | Online Map

Applicant/Certificate holder: Nolin Hills Wind, LLC, a subsidiary of Capital Power Corporation
ODOE contact: Kathleen Sloan
Applicant/Certificate holder contact: Kimberly Cupicha
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Project Timeline

  
Additional Documents
  
Notice of Intent
09/11/2017
Project Order
01/18/2018
Preliminary Application for Site Certificate (pASC)
02/28/2020
Revised Preliminary Application for Site Certificate
11/20/2020
08/02/2021
Complete Application for Site Certificate
01/31/2022
02/03/2022
04/19/2022
04/19/2022
Deadline for Comments on DPO
05/26/2022
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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