Oregon sets hearings on 500-MW Wheatridge wind project

The Oregon Department of Energy has scheduled public hearings on the proposed 500-MW Wheatridge wind project on May 19 and June 6.

Both hearings are scheduled for the evening (6 p.m.) and will be held in Boardman City Hall.

In late April Oregon DOE issued a draft proposed order that recommends the Energy Facility Siting Council (EFSC) approve the application and grant a site certificate, which would be subject to certain conditions.

The proposed Wheatridge Wind Energy Facility would be located in Morrow and Umatilla counties, and would produce up to 500 MW of electricity.

The facility would consist of up to 292 wind turbines divided into two groups: Wheatridge West and Wheatridge East; and an interconnection corridor containing up to two parallel overhead 230-kV transmission lines connecting Wheatridge West and Wheatridge East.

In addition, the proposed facility would also have related and supporting facilities, including collector substations, 34.5-kV collector lines, meteorological towers, communication system, operations and maintenance buildings, access roads, and temporary construction areas.

The wind power facility would be spread across parts of 13,000 acres of privately-owned land. Wheatridge Wind Energy LLC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Swaggart Wind Power LLC.

Written comments are due no later than the close of the final public hearing on June 6, 2016. Written comments can be sent to Oregon DOE Siting Analyst Sarah Esterson. Esterson can be reached by Phone: 503‐373‐7945; or fax 503-373-7806. Comments can be emailed to WRW.Comments@state.or.us.


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