For some time, the proposed Grizzly Power energy plant has been a controversial topic for many residents of both Jefferson and Crook counties.
>The meeting is described as being informational and not a public hearing - no testimony will be taken
The electric generation plant planned for a site very near the Jefferson/Crook County line, is seen by many as a good example of economic diversification; if and when it is built, it would employ about 35 people. At the same time, others see the 980 megawatt producing plant as a destroyer of the environment and a great waster of local water resources.
Public hearings have been held by Cogentrix Company officials, parent company of Grizzly Power, and now the state Department of Energy is scheduling one ... an informational meeting.
The public meeting, set for Wednesday, Jan. 9, at the Jefferson County fairgrounds, will be in question-and-answer format to answer citizen questions on the Grizzly Power Generation Project application for a site certificate from the state of Oregon. Representatives from the Oregon Office of Energy, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Oregon Water Resources Department, the U.S. Forest Service, and the Bonneville Power Administration are scheduled to attend. Representatives from Grizzly Power, LLC, are also scheduled to attend to answer questions.
The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. to allow interested citizens to review display information about the proposed power plant and the application review process. Those wishing to ask questions will be asked to put their name on a sign-up sheet at that time.
According to the meeting announcement, this public information meeting is not a public hearing, and no formal testimony will be taken. State and federal review of the application is in the initial stages, and representatives may not yet have the answers to some questions.
The Office of Energy has placed copies of the Grizzly Power application as submitted in libraries in Bend, Madras and Prineville. The information in these copies is subject to change until the Office finds the application complete and filed.
The application is not considered "filed" until the Office of Energy determines that it is complete. The Office will publish notice when the application is determined to be have reached that stage. After the application is filed, the Office will write a draft proposed order on the application that includes the Office's recommendation on whether the Siting Council should issue a site certificate.
The Office of Energy will then hold a formal comment period and public hearing on the draft proposed order. Members of the public must comment on the record of this public hearing to be eligible to participate in a later contested case on the application.