Swan Lake: A Great Deal for Oregon

Oregon workers should be at the center of the region’s clean energy future. As windmills, solar panels, and charging stations begin to populate the landscape, we must also build toward a stable and resilient clean energy grid. That’s where the Swan Lake Energy Storage Project comes in – saving power in reserves for when we need it most.

Building the Swan Lake Energy Project will be a major economic boost to Southern Oregon and the Klamath Falls area. An economic analysis of the project found that it would directly create 1,440 jobs during construction. This infusion of economic activity to the region would also generate an additional 1,270 jobs in the community. To ensure these construction jobs support local workers and fair work conditions, the project has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Southern Oregon Building and Construction Trades Council to negotiate a Project Labor Agreement for construction.

  • The Swan Lake Energy Project will create high wage jobs that support local workers and provide needed skills training. This is the best of what a clean energy economy has to offer Oregon.

Supporting the local community

In addition to jobs, the Swan Lake Energy Storage Project will provide significant support to the communities of Klamath County. Increased tax revenues from the project will support local schools and services. The project will generate approximately $30 million in property taxes over the initial fifteen years of operation, as well as $200,000 in additional state and local taxes.

$800 Million+ project in Klamath County creates thousands of family-wage jobs during its 3 to 5 year construction period.

Offers job training and employment opportunities to the surrounding community.

Infuses hundreds of millions of dollars into rural Oregon.

$30 Million in tax dollars for the local community over the initial 15 years of operation

Generates over $400,000 each year into the local economic development fund

Respect for Project Neighbors

Building relationships with Klamath County residents was critical to the successful Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) licensing of the Swan Lake Energy Project. Through considerable outreach and engagement with the local community, the project will complement the existing economy of the region and respect local landowners. Agricultural and commercial equipment and vehicles will be able to cross easements without any restrictions, and grazing, irrigating, farming and other activities will resume after construction.

Transmission Line Easements

Transmission easements are a common legal agreement to use lands for the purposes of constructing and maintaining project transmission equipment. Easements provide a legal right to use a certain portion of property for a very specific purpose, but ownership of the land and legal title to the lands remain with the landowner. Once construction is complete the landowner can resume grazing, irrigating, farming, or other activities with few restrictions.

The project will compensate landowners for an easement to construct and maintain a 230-kilovolt (kV) aboveground transmission line. The amount paid to landowners is based on the total acreage affected, any site-specific impacts resulting from the construction of the transmission line, and the land’s fair market value. The maximum width of the easement is 300 feet or 150 feet on either side of the centerline. Permanent disturbance of existing uses would be limited to the footprint of the transmission poles. The FERC construction and operational license requires the project to pay for restoration of large portions of the temporarily disturbed areas within the transmission line corridor in addition to providing monetary compensation to landowners.

  • Swan Lake will provide a major boost to the local economy and needed tax revenue to support essential services. The project will also protect ratepayers from higher energy prices, an important benefit across all sectors of industry, and especially in key sectors like manufacturing.

Ensuring the Safety Throughout the Life of the Project

The Swan Lake Energy Project will comply with all US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Division of Dam Safety regulations. Safety will be incorporated into all aspects of project design, construction, and operation. The project will utilize trained and experienced construction inspectors who will ensure compliance with all safety standards and construction specifications.

Before being placed into operation, the project will be inspected by the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Division of Dam Safety. Once in service, the project will be required to be monitored, inspected, and maintained to meet federal hydropower and dam safety regulations.

A safe, reliable, and environmental sound way to meet clean energy needs, grow Oregon’s economy, and create thousands of new jobs.