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BPA Interconnection of the Brush Canyon Wind Facility


Wasco and Sherman counties, Oregon

  • PROJECT DESCRIPTION:

    BPA is proposing to allow the interconnection of 299-megawatts of power to the federal transmission system from the Brush Canyon Wind Facility, proposed by E.ON Climate and Renewables North America, Inc. (E.ON). BPA would interconnect the power at or near the BPA Buckley Substation, located approximately 10 miles southwest of the town of Grass Valley, in Sherman County, Oregon. As part of this proposed interconnection, BPA would rebuild Buckley Substation. Some elements of the existing substation, such as the control house, could remain intact. BPA does not plan to purchase any power from the Brush Canyon Facility.

    E.ON would independently permit, build, own, and operate the Brush Canyon Facility, an up to 535-megawatt (MW) wind facility located on privately owned land in northeastern Wasco County, just east of the towns of Antelope and Shaniko, and in southern Sherman County, just east of Kent, in Oregon. To interconnect the wind facility, E.ON would construct and own a 32-mile long 230-kilovolt (kV) transmission line from their collector substations to BPA's Buckley Substation.


  • CURRENT STATUS:

    A BPA public outreach letter was sent on November 27, 2013. The comment period closed on January 15, 2014. Comments are posted in their entirety on the comment website.

    BPA will assess the potential environmental impacts of the proposed interconnection, including environmental studies of the proposed substation location, once the proposed location of the rebuilt substation is determined and preliminary design of Buckley Substation begins. The completion of the environmental review will depend on when preliminary design of the rebuilt substation begins. If preliminary design begins in 2014, environmental review could be completed in 2015.

    If BPA determines that the decision to interconnect the wind project is consistent with BPA's Business Plan Environmental Impact Statement (BP EIS), BPA will prepare a record of decision (ROD) tiered to the BP EIS and its associated ROD. the ROD will explain the decision on the interconnection and summarize the environmental review.

  • PUBLIC MEETING:

    BPA is proposing to allow the interconnection of 299-megawatts of power to the federal transmission system from the Brush Canyon Wind Facility, proposed by E.ON Climate and Renewables North America, Inc. (E.ON). BPA would interconnect the power at or near the BPA Buckley Substation, located approximately 10 miles southwest of the town of Grass Valley, in Sherman County, Oregon. As part of this proposed interconnection, BPA would rebuild Buckley Substation. Some elements of the existing substation, such as the control house, could remain intact. BPA does not plan to purchase any power from the Brush Canyon Facility.

    E.ON would independently permit, build, own, and operate the Brush Canyon Facility, an up to 535-megawatt (MW) wind facility located on privately owned land in northeastern Wasco County, just east of the towns of Antelope and Shaniko, and in southern Sherman County, just east of Kent, in Oregon. To interconnect the wind facility, E.ON would construct and own a 32-mile long 230-kilovolt (kV) transmission line from their collector substations to BPA's Buckley Substation.

    BPA staff will be present at the December 9, 2013 EFSC public hearing to answer any questions about the proposed interconnection.

     

  • COMMENTS:

    Please submit your comments on the proposal by January 15, 2014. When commenting, refer to the full project name. Comments will be posted in their entirety at the BPA Interconnection of the Brush Canyon Wind Facility comments webpage.


    Comment Methods:
    Mail to:




    Bonneville Power Administration
    Public Affairs - DKE-7
    P.O. Box 14428
    Portland, OR 97293-4428

    Toll-free:
    FAX:
    Online:


    800-622-4519
    503-230-4019
    www.bpa.gov/comment


  • CONTACT:


  • For environmental-related information, contact:
    Kimberly St. Hilaire, Environmental Lead
    Bonneville Power Administration - KEC-4
    P.O. Box 3621
    Portland, OR 97208-3621

    Direct line:
    Toll-free:
    Email:


    503-230-5361
    800-282-3713
    krsthilaire@bpa.gov
    For project information, contact:
    Angela DeClerck, BPA Customer Account Executive
    Bonneville Power Administration - TEP-TPP-2
    P.O. Box 61409
    Vancouver, WA 98666-1409

    Direct line:
    Toll-free:
    Email:
    360-619-6007
    800-282-3713
    ardeclerck@bpa.gov
  • DOCUMENTS:


    (All documents are in pdf format)

    PUBLIC OUTREACH:


    Public Letter (35 Kb) (11/27/2013)
    Project Map (861 Kb) (10/12/2011)
    Comment Form (33 Kb) (11/27/2013)


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