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Oregon Geothermal Transmission & Interconnection(8-OR)

Developers may need to obtain a Site Certification and a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity.

Site Certification

Developers seeking to site transmission lines and facilities in Oregon must follow the transmission siting process to obtain a Site Certification from the Oregon Department of Energy (ODE). The siting process is regulated under O.A.R. 345 and O.R.S. 469. The process only applies to siting of high voltage transmission lines of more than 10 miles in length with a capacity of 230kV or more to be constructed in more than one city or county. The process does not apply to siting of facilities within 500 feet of an existing corridor occupied by high voltage transmission lines with a capacity of 230kV or more, or lines of 57kV or more that are rebuilt and upgraded to 230kV along the same right of way. Developers are required to submit an NOI and Site Certificate Application. The review process involves agency consultation, public notice, public hearing, and is subject to approval by ODE. Site Certifications may be subject to challenge by effected parties and judicial review.

Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity

Developers seeking to site overhead transmission lines must obtain a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) from the Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC). The CPCN process is regulated under ORS 758.015 and OAR 860-025-0030. CPCN’s grant authority to the certificate holder to condemn land. The process involves submitting a petition to the PUC followed by public hearing and investigation into necessity, and is subject to PUC approval.

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Permitting at a Glance

Oregon Federal

Transmission Siting Agency: Oregon Department of Energy, Oregon Public Utility Commission Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Transmission Siting: The developer must obtain approval through the Oregon Department of Energy's Oregon Energy Facility Siting Council or through the local land use authorities. Transmission facilities which will have a capacity less than 230 kV and less than 10 miles in length are required to obtain consent from local land use authorities. [1]
Transmission Siting Threshold: Transmission lines must be greater than or equal to 230 kV and 10 miles in length. [1]
Public Utility Definition for Transmission Facility: In Oregon, a “public utility” is defined as any corporation, company, individual, association of individuals, or its lessees, trustees or receivers, that owns, operates, manages or controls all or a part of any plant or equipment in this state for the production, transmission, delivery or furnishing of heat, light, water or power, directly or indirectly to or for the public, whether or not such plant or equipment or part thereof is wholly within any town or city. The definition also includes entities in a formal written agreement with a utility. See OS 757.005(1)(a) for additional information. [2]
Public Utility Regulatory Authority Certification Transmission Threshold: No threshold provided.

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List of Reference Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 Oregon ORS 469, Energy Facilities (2011).
  2. Oregon ORS 757.005, Public Utility Definition (2011).
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