Oregon council extends deadline to build 404-MW Iberdrola wind project

The Oregon Energy Facility Siting Council on Dec. 4 approved a second amendment to a siting certificate that allows Montague Wind Power Facility LLC to delay construction of an up-to-404-MW wind farm for up to two years.

Montague Wind Power Facility LLC is an affiliate of Iberdrola Renewables LLC. The council issued the site certificate for the facility in September 2010, authorizing the construction and operation of a wind generation facility with an electrical capacity of up to 404 MW. The facility site is located on private land south of the City of Arlington in Gilliam County, Oregon.

The facility, once constructed, 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 requested an amendment to the site certificate to: extend the deadline to begin construction from Sept. 14, 2015, to Sept. 14, 2017; and extend the deadline to complete construction from Sept. 14, 2018, to Sept. 14, 2020.

The council noted that Iberdrola has two operating wind power facilities in Oregon and all are in compliance with their site certificates. It found that through Iberdrola, Montague has demonstrated that it has the organizational expertise to construct, operate and retire the facility in compliance with council standards and conditions of the site certificate.

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.”

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