The state Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council will meet 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in Olympia to decide whether the Desert Claim Wind Power Project must first come before Kittitas County officials for review before it can be considered by the state council.
In March, EnXco USA Inc. filed a motion with EFSEC calling on it to declare that the company has already fulfilled its legal responsibility to make the 90-turbine wind farm proposal compatible with county rules when it sought approval of its 120-turbine version from the county Planning Commission and the county commissioners in lengthy public hearings. County commissioners ultimately denied the project in 2005.
EnXco contends the project is essentially the same as the earlier proposal, although modified in response to concerns earlier expressed. EnXco believes another round of hearings before county officials is not warranted nor supported by EFSEC’s rules.
Kittitas County disagrees, saying EFSEC’s rules require the Desert Claim wind farm to first be reviewed by the county for compatibility with local government regulations. The county contends the Desert Claim project is “fundamentally and substantially different” from the previous proposal and, essentially, is a new project that must come under review by local government.
EFSEC hearings would involve county officials and other local entities representing their positions.
By Daily Record Staff
9 April 2007
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