Oregon has axed plans for a gas-fired plant along the Columbia River.
The Oregon Energy Facility Siting Council (EFSC) terminated the site certificate for the Perennial Wind Chaser station, a proposed 415 MW combined cycle plant. The move comes at the request of the plant’s owner, Perennial Power.
Perennial Wind Chaser would have included up to four generating units, each consisting of a GE LMS100 turbine. EFSC had granted a site certificate in 2015 for the plant to be built. Amendments were made to the certificate in 2019.
But Perennial Power has struggled to find a buyer for the power that would be generated. To this point, the only completed construction includes an access road and bridge, according to regulatory documents.
The project also faced opposition from community members and environmental advocate groups. According to East Oregonian, Friends of the Columbia Gorge and Columbia Riverkeeper filed a joint lawsuit against the project in 2020, claiming Perennial Power had not properly met requirements to keep its site certificate because it did not have a required stormwater permit when it started work.
Oregon aims to largely eliminate CO2 emissions from its grid by 2040.
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