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Wheatridge Wind Energy Facility

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State:
  • OR
County: Morrow & Umatilla
Type of Resource:
  • Wind
Operating Status:
  • Permitting
Project Stage: Development
Capacity: 500 MW
Developers: NextEra Energy Resources; Swagger Wind Power
Locale:

Located east of Lexington, Oregon, in Morrow & Umatilla Counties.

BPA: Y
Description:

Location of NextEra Energy Resource's 500 MW Wheat Ridge Wind project taken from Oregon EFSC application filing.

Wheat Ridge Wind 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-kilovolt (kV) transmission lines connecting Wheatridge West and Wheatridge East. The Wheatridge West turbine group is located entirely within Morrow County, approximately seven miles northwest of Heppner. The Wheatridge East turbine group is located approximately 16 miles northeast of Heppner and will span Morrow County and Umatilla County.

The project originally developed by Swaggert Wind Power's (Diversified Wind Development) and then ownership transferred to NextEra. The amendment to the site certificate acknowledging the ownership transfer was approved in July 2017. Contact at Wheatridge Wind LLC (subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources) under EFSC certificate is Melissa Hochmuth. (Melissa.Hochmuth@nexteraenergy.com) Andrew O'Connell of Diversified Wind Development was the original project application contact. (Andrew@diversifiedwinds.com)

http://www.oregon.gov/energy/facilities-safety/facilities/Facilities%20library/2017-08-01-WRWAMD1-Final-Order-on-Transfer-Requests.pdf
http://www.oregon.gov/energy/facilities-safety/facilities/Facilities%20library/2017-04-28-WRW-Final-Order-on-Site-Certificate.pdf
http://www.oregon.gov/energy/facilities-safety/facilities/Pages/WRW.aspx

http://www.oregon.gov/energy/facilities-safety/facilities/Facilities%20library/Final%20WRW%20DPO_2016-4-27.pdf
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The Project has three principal components: (1) the ‘Wheatridge West’ project area, (2) the The Applicant proposes to construct a wind generation facility (the “Project”) with a nominal generating capacity of 500 megawatts (MW) in Morrow and Umatilla Counties, Oregon (see Figure G-1). The Applicant intends to begin construction between 2013 and 2016, pending issuance of a Site Certificate from the Energy Facility Siting Council (“EFSC”), with construction complete and commercial operation commencing by the end of 2016. The Applicant seeks micrositing flexibility for the Project’s turbine locations and other Project facilities, as the Applicant is considering a range of turbines from 1.7 MW to 3.0 MW in nameplate capacity.
‘Wheatridge East’ project area and (3) an ‘intraconnection’ line(s) and facilities connecting Wheatridge West and Wheatridge East. The Project will connect to the Bonneville Power Administration (“BPA”) system via overhead transmission lines to be owned and operated by Umatilla Electric Cooperative (“UEC”) and Columbia Basin Electric Cooperative (“CB”).

http://www.oregon.gov/energy/Siting/docs/WRW/WRW-NOI%20-022113.pdf

Wheatridge Wind Energy, LLC was originally formed as Swaggart Wind Development, LLC on June 8, 2009 as an Oregon limited liability company, later renamed to be Wheatridge Wind Energy on July 15, 2010 and then converted to be a Delaware limited liability company on November 15, 2010.

Wheatridge Wind Energy, LLC
P.O. Box 133
245 W. Main Street, Suite 200
Ione, Oregon 97843
Attn: Andrew O’Connell, President
andrew@diversifiedwinds.com (541) 422-7552

Wheatridge Wind LLC president is Andrew O'Connell of Diversified Wind Development. (http://www.oregon.gov/energy/siting/docs/minutes/efsc_4-30-10.pdf)

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