Oregon taking input on latest changes for Summit Ridge wind project

The Oregon Department of Energy is taking comment until Sept. 29 on a proposed amendment of the site certificate for an unbuilt, 194.4 MW wind facility in Wasco County.

On Feb. 11 of this year, ODOE,  which provides the staff to the Energy Facility Siting Council (EFSC), received Request for Amendment #2 to the Summit Ridge Wind Farm Site Certificate from LotusWorks‐Summit Ridge I LLC. ODOE issued the proposed order on Aug. 30, which recommends that council approve the amendment request, subject to the conditions recommended in the proposed order.

In 2011, LotusWorks obtained a site certificate for the Summit Ridge Wind Farm. The council approved an amendment to the site certificate in August 2015 to extend the construction deadlines, reduce the maximum number of wind turbines, reduce the capacity from 200 MW to 194.4 MW, increase maximum wind turbine hub height, increase maximum blade tip height, decrease the blade tip clearance, and reduce the facility site boundary.

With Amendment #2, the company has requested to: transfer the site certificate from LotusWorks to Summit Ridge Wind LLC; extend the construction start and completion deadlines by two years; authorize a lesser setback for select turbines from the right‐of‐way of any dedicated road within the site boundary; and add a new turbine option that, if selected, would reduce the total electrical capacity to 192 MW and reduce the total number of wind turbines from a maximum of 72 to a maximum of 64. The new turbine option would include larger generators, a reduced hub height, and a greater rotor diameter. The overall height of the turbines would decrease by approximately two meters, and the minimum blade tip clearance would decrease from 23 to 18 meters above ground.

The Summit Ridge Wind Farm would be located on approximately 11,000 acres of privately-owned land in northeastern Wasco County, 17 miles southeast of The Dalles and eight miles east of Dufur. The requested amendment does not seek to modify the site boundary.

The company said that Steve Ostrowski, formerly the president of LotusWorks, is the sole owner and manager of Summit Ridge Wind Holdings LLC (the new parent company) and Summit Ridge Wind LLC (transferee). Summit Ridge Wind LLC is a project-specific LLC and therefore the organizational expertise rests with the parent company.

The company said that the Summit Ridge Wind Holdings management team has experience in the development and construction of more than 10,000 MW of wind facility projects. Ostrowski gained relevant experience in Oregon, Washington and Pennsylvania. His project experience in Oregon includes acquiring a 200-MW wind farm in Wasco County and managing construction contractors for the 100-MW Elkhorn Wind Project in La Grande. His experience in Washington includes project and budget management, and pre-construction and construction management for wind facilities ranging from 100 to 205 MW (Harvest Wind Project, White Creek Wind Project, and Wild Horse Wind Project).

Project contact information is: Steven A. Ostrowski, Jr., Manager, LotusWorks-Summit Ridge I LLC, 9611 NE 117th Ave, Suite 2840, Vancouver, WA 98662.

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