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Work with landowners to continue after the BLM releases the Record of Decision 

Since 2008, Idaho Power has worked collaboratively with agencies, property owners and other stakeholders as the Boardman to Hemingway (B2H) Project moves through federal and state permitting. As we approach one of the project’s most significant milestones, the BLM’s Federal Record of Decision (ROD) expected this spring, we look forward to continuing these partnerships to help guide us through the project’s next stages. We'll continue making sure you have access to the latest news, updates, and information, and that we're available to answer your questions and hear your feedback. 
Idaho Power and our partners, PacifiCorp and the Bonneville Power Administration, are looking ahead to ensure we have infrastructure in place to move energy between regions and efficiently serve the needs of residents and businesses. 
After the ROD, Idaho Power will continue work to gain approval from the Oregon Energy Facility Siting Council (EFSC) for siting portions of the project in Oregon. The next major milestone, an amended Application for Site Certificate (ASC), will occur in the state permitting process. This application will detail how the project will meet Oregon’s specific standards, incorporating field data we’ve been gathering and continue to gather. Land surveys and fieldwork on biological, visual, and cultural resources will inform refinements to tower locations, access roads and related facilities documented in the application.  

We also will continue working closely with landowners and other local stakeholders through ongoing meetings and conversations, and more formally through the state process. After gaining early input during project scoping periods in 2008 and 2010, the Oregon EFSC process will offer a public hearing and contested case proceeding before a Site Certificate for the project may be issued.

We recognize that property owners know their land better than anyone. We look forward to discussing the design, construction, and maintenance of the project in greater detail with landowners. As plans solidify, we will be able to share those details with landowners and will work with them to avoid or minimize impacts whenever feasible.

We always welcome questions and input. Please contact Idaho Power Facility Siting Coordinator Jeff Maffuccio (208-388-2402) with questions or to schedule a meeting or presentation to your group. 

Idaho Power launching Community Solar Pilot Program

Idaho Power recently began the Community Solar Pilot Program in response to increased interest in renewable and community-based energy. Customers in our Idaho service territory now have the option of signing up to purchase a portion of the electricity generated by a 500-kilowatt photo-voltaic solar array to be built in Boise. Once the project is built and generating power, participants will receive a monthly bill credit for their portion of the output. Visit the Community Solar Pilot Program webpage to read about how it works and who can participate.
 
Community solar is just the latest offering for those interested in purchasing clean electricity. Idaho Power’s Green Power Program allows our Oregon and Idaho customers to purchase green power from renewable projects in the Northwest.
 
Those in the B2H project area may also be interested in Umatilla Electric Cooperative's 1.3-megawatt Moyer-Tolles Solar Station, and the Oregon Trail Electric Co-op’s Green Power Program.

Winter preparedness

Northeast Oregon and southwest Idaho have experienced a snowy, stormy winter so far – and there’s likely more to come. With the winter weather comes a greater risk of power outages at times when the dark and cold make reliable electricity even more important. Thankfully, power outages normally don't last long. But sometimes outages can last hours or even days.

Crews working for your electricity provider are prepared with personnel, equipment and materials to respond if outages occur. It's important that you are prepared too. Your outage kit should include the following:
  • Matches
  • Candles
  • Flashlights
  • Extra blankets
  • A battery-powered radio
  • Batteries
  • Bottled water
  • Canned and dried foods
  • A manual can opener
  • A wind-up clock or battery-powered clock
  • A telephone that will work during a power outage
Other tips for weathering an outage:
  • Don’t leave candles unattended and keep them away from furniture, draperies, and other flammable materials.
  • Turn off electric ranges or space heaters during a power outage. This will prevent the possibility of a fire if you're away from your home when power is restored.
  • Keep a large block of ice in the freezer to keep it cold longer.
  • Avoid opening refrigerator and freezer doors to keep food cold longer

Outage information and reporting

  • Idaho Power: online and 800-488-6151
  • Umatilla Electric Cooperative: online and 888-465-5701
  • Oregon Trail Electric: online and 866-430-4265
  • Pacific Power (Oregon customers): online and 877-508-5088

Contact Idaho Power

Mark Stokes, engineering project leader, mstokes@idahopower.com, 208-388-2483
Jeff Maffuccio, facilities siting coordinator, jmaffuccio@idahopower.com, 208-388-2402
Randy Lane, right of way agent, rlane@idahopower.com, 208-388-5997
 
For general inquiries: ipc@boardmantohemingway.com, 877-339-0209

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