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 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. The Department will hold a public hearing on the Draft Proposed Order on Amendment 4 as described below.

Public Hearing
August 22, 2019
5:00 p.m.
Port of Morrow - Riverfront Room 
2 Marine Drive NE
Boardman, Oregon 97818

Call-in: 1-877-873-8017
Passcode: 799345#

Written comments on the amendment request and the Draft Proposed Order must be received by the Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE) by 5 p.m. (PDT) on Monday September 9, 2019, and must be submitted in writing by mail, email, hand-delivery or fax per below: 

Sarah Esterson, Senior Siting Analyst
Oregon Department of Energy
550 Capitol Street NE, 1st Floor
Salem, OR 97301
Email: sarah.esterson@oregon.gov​ 
Fax: 503-373-7806

Written or oral comments may be provided at the public hearing.
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

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