Iberdrola affiliate seeks two-year delay for 404-MW Oregon wind project

The Oregon Energy Facility Siting Council is taking public comment until Oct. 21 on a request by Montague Wind Power Facility LLC for a two-year delay in the construction start and construction finish deadlines for its 404-MW project.

This wind farm would be located in Gilliam County, approximately 1.5 miles south of the city of Arlington. The company has requested approval of Amendment #2 to a council-approved Site Certificate. The requested amendment seeks to extend the deadline to begin construction from Sept. 14, 2015, to Sep. 14, 2017, and to extend the deadline to complete construction from Sept. 14, 2018, to Sept. 14, 2020.

The council issued the certificate in September 2010. The facility will connect to the regional transmission system through the Bonneville Power Administration’s Slatt Substation and an existing 500-kV Slatt-Buckley transmission line via an overhead 230-kV transmission line.

Montague Wind Power Facility is a wholly owned subsidiary of Iberdrola Renewables LLC, the U.S. division of parent company Iberdrola S.A.

A company contact is: Sara Parsons, Montague Wind Power Facility LLC c/o Iberdrola Renewables LLC, 1125 NW Couch Street, Suite 700, Portland, OR 97209, (503) 796-7732.

Said the company’s March 11 request for this delay: “The Council previously granted an extension to the construction start and completion deadlines for Montague when it approved the First Amended Site Certificate on June 21, 2013. A second extension to the construction deadlines is warranted due to the need for additional time to implement necessary business arrangements and meet the numerous site certificate conditions that must be met prior to beginning construction.”

Council approved a delay for another wind project in August

Notable is that the council on Aug. 7 approved a delay for a different wind project. LotusWorks‐Summit Ridge I LLC has a 2011 site certificate for the Summit Ridge Wind Farm at an original capacity of up to 200 MW. As approved, the facility would consist of up to 87 wind turbines located on private land in Wasco County, 17 miles southeast of The Dalles and eight miles east of Dufur.

LotusWorks on Aug. 7 was approved for an amendment to the site certificate to:

  • extend the deadline to begin construction from Aug. 19, 2014, to August 19, 2016;
  • extend the deadline to complete construction from Aug. 19, 2017, to Aug. 19, 2019;
  • reduce the maximum number of wind turbines from 87 to 72;
  • reduce the peak generating capacity from 200.1 MW to 194.4 MW;
  • increase the maximum wind turbine hub height from 80 meters to 91 meters;
  • increase the maximum blade tip height from 132 meters to 152 meters;
  • decrease the blade tip minimum clearance from 28 meters to 23 meters; and
  • reduce the project site boundary from approximately 13,000 acres to approximately 11,000 acres.

LotusWorks–Summit Ridge I is a wholly owned subsidiary of Lotus Group USA Inc.

A project contact is: Steven A. Ostrowski Jr., President, LotusWorks‐Summit Ridge I LLC, 9611 NE 117th Ave, Suite 2840, Vancouver, WA 98662.

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