EFSECEnergy Facility Site Evaluation Council
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A subcommittee of the EFSEC reviews and approves applications for a renewable energy facility.
The EFSEC recently approved a wind power project in Lempster that includes 12 two-megawatt wind turbines on Lempster Mountain.
In addition, SE2 has agreed with the WUTC and the EFSEC to smart pig the 16-inch underground gas pipeline after construction is complete.
EFSEC held an additional meeting in Ellensburg in July to hear from stakeholders and the general public to address Governor Gregoire's request that the Council reexamine the setback between residential structures and the wind turbines beyond the quarter mile distance it established with its draft "Site Certification Agreement."
"The Governor's decision confirms that EFSEC, in conducting its rigorous review of the Project, successfully balanced Washington's need for clean and affordable energy with substantive mitigations that address local concerns," Michael Skelly, Horizon's Chief Development Director, said.
EFSEC, Washington State's permit review authority for utility-scale power plants, concluded its review of the proposed 65-turbine wind farm with a 6-1 vote in support of Horizon's application.
EFSEC reviewed more than a dozen independent studies of the project site, some of which were begun five years ago.