Facilities

Wheatridge Wind Energy Facility is an approved wind energy generation facility consisting of up to 292 turbines with a peak generating capacity of up to 500 megawatts, to be located on approximately 13,097 acres.
Under Review/Approved: The facility has not yet been built. Construction must begin by May 24, 2020 and must be completed by May 24, 2023.

On July 1, 2019, the Department received a complete Request for Amendment 4 (RFA4) of the Wheatridge Wind Energy Facility site certificate. RFA4 seeks approval to amend the site boundary from 13,097 to 14,624 acres; increase individual megawatts (MW) of previously approved but not yet constructed wind turbines from 2.5 to 2.8 MW; and construct and operate the following: a 150-MW photovoltaic solar energy system; 41 distributed energy storage system sites; and expansion of a previously approved substation site from 5 to 10 acres. Type A review will be maintained for RFA4.

On July 25, 2019, the Department issued its Draft Proposed Order on Request for Amendment 4 and its Notice of Draft Proposed Order, initiating a 45-day public comment period from July 25 through September 9, 2019. The Council conducted a public hearing on the draft proposed order on August 22, 2019, and reviewed the draft proposed order on September 27, 2019 following the close of the public record. The audio files for the August 22-23, 2019 and September 27-28, 2019 Council meetings are available on the Department’s
Council meetings webpage.

On October 4, 2019, the Department issued its Proposed Order on Request for Amendment 4, and Notice of Proposed Order, which are available for review below. On the same day, ODOE issued a Notice of the Opportunity to Request a Contested Case to all persons who commented on the record of the public hearing of the DPO. Only those individuals or organizations that provided oral comment at the August 22, 2019 public hearing on the DPO or submitted a written comment to ODOE during the comment period of the DPO between July 25, 2019 and the close of the public comment period on September 9, 2019 are eligible to request a contested case proceeding on the Proposed Order.  
The Wheatridge West turbine group would be located entirely within Morrow County, approximately seven miles northwest of Heppner. The Wheatridge East turbine group would be located approximately 16 miles northeast of Heppner and will span Morrow County and Umatilla County. PDF Map | Online Map


Applicant/Certificate holder: Wheatridge Wind Energy, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Wheatridge Wind Holdings, LLC, an indirect subsidiary of parent company NextEra Energy Resources, LLC.
ODOE contact: Sarah Esterson
Applicant/Certificate holder contact: Jesse Marshall
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Project Amendment(s)

  
Description
  
11/30/2018

​Supplemental Materials

12/21/2018
07/01/2019
07/25/2019
07/25/2019
10/04/2019
10/04/2019

Project Timeline

  
Additional Documents
  
Preliminary Application Received
12/19/2014
Complete Application
07/01/2015
04/28/2017
05/24/2017
06/28/2017
07/27/2017
08/28/2017
04/25/2018
06/08/2018
06/14/2018
09/17/2018
09/18/2018
11/16/2018
11/29/2018


12/14/2018


12/14/2018
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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