We invite you to attend the first of three hearings learn about the proposed Goldendale Energy Storage project and submit oral comments on the environmental review.
Free Flow Power Project 101, LLC proposes to build a water storage system that releases water from an upper reservoir downhill to a lower reservoir to generate energy. The power produced would be provided to the electrical grid at the nearby John Day Substation, in Oregon, when other renewable sources, like wind and solar, are unavailable.
The draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is now available for public review and comment. The EIS is not a decision and does not determine whether the project moves forward. It identifies the project's impacts to both the natural environment, nearby communities and Tribes through study of air quality, plant and animal habitat, transportation, water resources, water quality, and cultural resources. It is used as support when decisions are made on permits that would be needed to build and operate the project.
The study determined that the project would result in significant impacts to:
- Terrestrial species and habitats, and proposes mitigation.
- Tribal and cultural resources. To date, no mitigation has been identified that would reduce the significant impacts to Tribes.
- Visit the project webpage to review the draft EIS and supporting documents, and to learn more about the proposal.
- Visit our online open house for a summary of the findings.
This review is done under SEPA, the State Environmental Policy Act.