BPA received a request from E.ON Climate and Renewables North
America, Inc., for interconnection of their proposed Brush Canyon Wind Power
Facility to the Federal Columbia River Transmission System, which is owned and
operated by BPA. Under its Open Access Transmission Tariff, BPA offers
transmission services, including interconnection of generation, to all eligible
customers on a non-discriminatory and first-come, first-served basis, subject to
an environmental review under the National Environmental Policy Act.
BPA is proposing to allow the interconnection of 299-megawatts of power from
the Brush Canyon Facility at BPA’s Buckley Substation near Grass Valley, Ore BPA
would rebuild Buckley Substation near or immediately adjacent to the existing
substation to take advantage of existing communications; existing transmission
lines that currently terminate at Buckley would be moved to terminate at the
rebuilt 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.
will assess the potential environmental impacts of the proposed interconnection
once the proposed location of the rebuilt substation is determined and
preliminary design of Buckley 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, BPA will prepare a record of decision to
explain the decision.