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Klondike III/Biglow Canyon Wind Integration Project
In this Summary:
" Purpose and Need for Action
" Affected Environment
This summary covers the major points of the final Environmental Impact Statement
(FEIS) prepared for the Klondike Ill/Biglow Canyon Wind Integration Project proposed by
the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA). The project includes constructing a new
double-circuit 230-kilovolt (kV) transmission line in northern Sherman County, Oregon.
The new line would connect the Klondike Ill Wind Project and the Biglow Canyon Wind
Farm to BPA's existing John Day 500-kV Substation. The project would also require
expansion of BPA's existing John Day 500-kV Substation and a new 230-kV substation
to integrate the two wind projects.
As a federal agency, BPA is required by the National Environmental Policy Act
(NEPA) to assess the impacts that its actions may have on the environment. BPA's
proposal to construct a transmission line and substation requires that it assess the
potential environmental effects of the proposed project, describe them in an EIS, make
the EIS available for public comment, and consider the impacts and comments when
deciding whether to proceed with the project.
BPA described and analyzed the proposed action and alternatives in a draft
environmental impact statement (DEIS) released in April 2006. This FEIS contains the
changes made to the DEIS, comments received on the DEIS, and BPA's written
responses to the comments (see Chapter 10). Additions to the EIS text are underlined.
Deletions are not marked. Additional appendices have been added to respond to public
S.1 Purpose and Need for Action
Two companies, PPM Energy, Inc. (PPM) and Portland General Electric (PGE)1
want to develop wind resources in Sherman County, Oregon and have submitted
transmission interconnection requests to BPA for interconnection of the output of their
respective projects - Klondike Ill Wind Project and Biglow Canyon Wind Farm. BPA
1 In July 2006, Portland General Electric bought the rights to develop the Biglow Canyon Wind Farm from
Orion Energy. LLC. References to Orion have been changed to PGE throughout this document to reflect this
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