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Whistling Ridge Energy Project

Assigned Site Specialist

Lance Caputo

Applicant: Whistling Ridge Energy LLC
PO Box 266
Bingen, WA 98605
(509) 493-6103
Facility: 75 MW wind power project
Location: Skamania County, Washington, approximately 7 miles northwest of White Salmon, Washington. Site Location Figure
Status: At the June 20, 2024 EFSEC Monthly Council Meeting the Council denied Whistling Ridge's SCA transfer and extension requests.

Recent Activity

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On March 10, 2009, Whistling Ridge Energy LLC, submitted an Application for Site Certification to construct and operate the Whistling Ridge Energy Project. The Project will consist of up to fifty 1.2- to 2.5-megawatt wind turbines with a maximum generating capacity of 75 MW, to be located on the forested ridges of Saddleback Mountain in eastern Skamania County (location map). The Project includes an operation and maintenance facility, underground collector lines and systems, and other ancillary facilities. The proposed project will cover 1,152 acres.

On October 12, 2009, Whistling Ridge Energy LLC submitted an Amended Application for Site Certification that eliminated the site access road that traveled through the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area to a road at the site's western boundary, outside the National Scenic Area.

General Information:

  • Adjudicative Proceeding - EFSEC held an adjudicative proceeding or the Whistling Ridge Energy Project under Chapter 34.05 RCW, the Administrative Procedure Act and has commenced the adjudicative hearing related to Application No. 2009-01 in accordance with the procedural requirements found in Chapter 463-30 WAC and Chapter 34.05 RCW. See the Adjudication page for information, motions, orders, and filings related to EFSEC adjudicative proceedings of the Whistling Ridge Energy Project.
  • Application Review Process
  • Environmental Review - EFSEC, in cooperation with the Bonneville Power Administration is conducting an environmental review under the State and National Environmental Policy Acts (SEPA and NEPA).
  • Land Use Consistency - On May 7, 2006 EFSEC held a Land Use Consistency hearing in Skamania County.

SCA Special Meetings 

The meetings for the SCA took place on May 16, 2024 from 5pm - 9pm. The ecording for the Transfer Request and Extension Request hearings can be found below:

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