Page last updated Februrary 2, 2017
The Desert Claim Wind Power Project has been revised to be a 190 megawatt (MW) wind power project located on approximately 5,200 contiguous acres in Kittitas County, eight miles northwest of Ellensburg, Washington (location map). The Project will consist of a maximum of 95 turbines and associated electrical collection system that would connect the Project to the regional high-voltage transmission grid. The Project area includes purchased land and land leased from private and public land owners.
The revised Desert Claim Wind Power Project will continue to use REpower MM92 model turbines. This turbine model has a tower height of 258 feet, a rotor diameter of 304 feet with a total height of 410 feet. Each turbine has a nameplate generating apacity of 2.0 MW.
The Revised Application for Site Certification was submitted on February 6, 2009. The origina Application for Site Certification was submitted on November 6, 2006.
EFSEC issued Order No. 843 Recommending Approval of Site Certification Agreement on November 16, 2009. The Governor approved the Desert Claim Wind Power Project on February 1, 2010. Governor Gregoire's approval
letter to the EFSEC Chair and Site Certification Agreement.
There are no immediate plans to begin construction of the project.
Wind Power LLC
PO Box 4
Woodinville, WA 98072
190 MW Wind Power Project
Kittitas County - revised project map
February 2, 2010 - Governor Gregoire's approval letter to the EFSEC Chair
December 4, 2009 - Approval recommendation delivered to Governor
November 16, 2009 - Order No. 843, Order Recommending Approval of Site Certification Agreement
November 6, 2009 - Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement
July 13, 2009 - EFSEC holds adjudicative hearings.
April 29, 2009 - Approval of intervenors and beginning of Adjudicative proceeding
April 2, 2009 - Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement is issued addressing possible impacts to the areas that may not have been covered or addressed by the 2004 Environmental Impact Statement prepared by Kittitas County.
March 27, 20009 - The adjudicative process begins with the issuance of the Notice of Adjudication, Notice for Intervention and Notice of Prehearing Conference.
February 6, 2009 - After almost a 2 year pause, enXco submitted a Revised Application to EFSEC. On February 10, 2009 EFSEC approved an extension of its review period until Dec. 31, 2009.
Site Certification Agreement
Attachment 1 - Project Legal Description
Attachment 2 - Council Order No. 843, Order Recommending Approval of Site Certification on
Condition entered November 16, 2009
Attachment 3 - Stipulation between Counsel for the Environment and Desert Claim Wind
Attachment 4 - Agreement between Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and Desert Claim Wind Power LLC
On November 16, 2009, EFSEC issued Order No. 843 recommending the Governor approve the Desert Claim Wind Power Project - Draft Site Certification Agreement.
On February 6, 2009, enXco submitted a Revised Application for the Desert Claim Wind Power Project (includes updated figures and studies).
||Cover, Submittal letter, Table of Contents
||Update on Vegetation & Wildlife Impacts
||Revised Supplemental Regulatory Information
||2004 Final Environmental Impact Statement prepared by Kittitas County
||Cover, Submittal letter, Table of Contents(1,593 KB)
||Project Description (2,891 KB)
||Project Figures (7,854 KB)
||Visual Simulations (15,309 KB)
||Regulatory Matrix (152 KB)
||Wetland Information (848 KB)
||Update on Vegetation Wildlife Impacts (3,025 KB)
||Sound Mapping (2,535 KB)
||Hazard Zones (324 KB)
||Shadow Mapping (6,230 KB)
||Lighting (1,118 KB)
||Supplemental Regulatory Information (1,193 KB)
||Final Environmental Impact Statement
Land Use Consistency:
Council Order No. 825 - Land Use Consistency
Land Use Consistency Hearing Transcript
Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement - November 6, 2009
Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement - 4-2-09
Cover, Fact Sheet, Table of Contents
2.0Alternatives Including the Proposed Action
3.0 Affected Environment, Significant Impacts,
Mitigation Measures, and Significant
Unavoidable Adverse Impacts
5.0 Distribution List
Final Environmental Impact Statement (Kittitas County 2004):
Golder Report (PDF format) - Analysis in Support of a SEPA Threshold Determination for the Desert Claim Wind Power Project - February 2007.
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2-2-10 Governor Approves Site Certification Agreement -
Governor Gregoire's approval letter
Approval recommendation delivered to Governor
11-16-09 Order No. 843, Order Recommending Approval of Site Certification Agreement
and Agenda of Special Meeting on November 16, 2009 for EFSEC decision and
recommendation to Governor
Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement
8-17-09 Council for the Environment's Post Hearing Comments
8-17-09 Kittitas County's Post Hearing Submission
7-31-09 Desert Claim's Draft Site Certification Agreement
7-31-09 Desert Claim's Post Hearing Brief in Support of Certification
7-28-09 Transcripts for
7-21-09 Department of Fish & Wildlife Settlement Agreement
7-17-09 Notice of
Posthearing Conference on July 22, 2009 at 11:00 am
6-30-09 Stipulation Between Counsel for the Environment and Desert Claim Wind Power LLC
6-23-09 Notice of
Prehearing Conference on July 8, 2009 at 1:30 pm
6-18-09 Notice of Public Hearing and Comment Opportunity and Notice of Adjudicative Hearing - July 13 & 21, 2009
6-17-09 Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement Public Comments
6-10-09 Order No. 841 - Granting Extension of Time to File Pre-filed Testimony
5-12-09 Order No. 840 with Mr. Overbeck's Documents - Prehearing Order Denying Intervention; Amending Schedule
5-12-09 Desert Claim LLCPrefiled Testimony
4-29-09 Prehearing Order Granting Petition for Intervention; Allowing Late-Filed Petition; Establishing Hearing Schedule Council Order No. 838
4-2-09 Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement Comments due 5-4-09. Public comment meeting 4-23-09, Hal Holms Conference Center, Ellensburg, WA.
Commencement of Adjudication, Notice for Intervention , Notice of Prehearing Conference, Notice of Site Tour. Requests for intervention are due by 5 pm, April 17, 2009. Prehearing Conference 1:30 pm, April 23, 2009 at the Hal Holms Community Center followed by Site Tour starting at approximately 3 pm April 23, 2009.
2-13-09 EFSEC approves an extension of the application review period to 12-31-09.
2-6-09 Revised Application and request to extend the
EFSEC application review time (see page 5 of the submittal letter in the
Introduction of Revised Application).
2-12-08 EFSEC approves an extension of the application review period to 2-12-09. Desert Claim's request.
Request for Preemption - enXco's request for preemption. Declaration of David Steeb.
5-8-07 Council Order No. 830 - Order on Determination that Desert Claim Wind Power has Satisfied WAC 463-28-030(1)
5-1-07 Council Order No. 829 - Request for
Extension to File Request for Preemption
MEETING April 30, 2007 Request to Extend 90 Day Time Limit.
Special Meeting Documents:
enXco's Motion - WAC 463-28-030(1) Satisfied;
Mr. Steeb's Declaration Support of Motion;
EFSEC requests Response from Recipients
Kittitas County's Response to Motion;
Commissioner Crankovich Affidavit,
Mr. Piercy's Affidavit;
enXco's Supplemental Briefing,
enXco's Request for Extension