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B2H permitting update: Application for Site Certificate deemed complete

The project reached a major permitting milestone on Oct. 3 when the Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE) announced that Idaho Power’s application for site certificate for the Boardman to Hemingway Transmission Line Project (B2H) is complete.  ODOE will now draft recommendations in the Draft Proposed Order for evaluation by the Energy Facility Siting Council (EFSC).

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) issued its Record of Decision for the project in 2017, approving those portions of the project to be located on BLM-administered land. The U.S. Forest Service and Navy are expected to issue decisions within the next few months for those areas where B2H crosses their respective lands. For the parts of B2H in Oregon, Idaho Power will need authorization from both the federal agencies as well as EFSC.

B2H Schedule

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Idaho Power has worked with regulators, property owners and other stakeholders through extensive permitting, public involvement and design processes for B2H since 2008. We have shared information and listened to different perspectives at over 250 meetings attended by an estimated 3,700 valued neighbors, customers, decision-makers and other stakeholders. 
 
Idaho Power first selected a proposed route for the transmission line in 2010 following a year-long community advisory process. The B2H project is subject to federal and state approvals, each with multiple opportunities for the public to weigh-in. In 2017 and 2018, Idaho Power reached out to all land owners whose property is crossed by the project; we continue to work on route adjustments and solutions to concerns.

Visit us at public information meetings in Oregon counties next week

Idaho Power staff will be on hand to provide information and answer questions about the B2H at public information meetings hosted by ODOE Oct. 15 -18. 

Though not a public comment period, the meetings are part of the EFSC process. Attendees will learn about the Oregon EFSC standards, Idaho Power’s application to site the project in Oregon, and future opportunities for public involvement. For the parts of B2H in Oregon, Idaho Power will need authorization from both the federal agencies as well as EFSC.
 
Public information meetings are being held in each of the Oregon counties where portions of the line would be located. At the meetings, ODOE will provide a presentation on the Application for Site Certificate and the EFSC process. Idaho Power will be available to answer questions about the application and how we will continue to work with local landowners.

The meetings are open to the public but comments will not be recorded for the record. The next opportunity for public comment will take place when ODOE issues its Draft Proposed Order, which will address any issues identified by state and local agencies and will include a preliminary evaluation of whether the application meets EFSC standards. There will be formal hearings to allow public comments on the Draft Proposed Order.

Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE) public information meetings
October 15, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Ontario Four Rivers Cultural Center
676 SW 5th Ave
October 16, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Baker City Community Connections
Baker County Senior Center
2810 Cedar St
October 17, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. La Grande Blue Mountain Conference Center
404 12th St
October 18, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Pendleton Pendleton Convention Center
1601 Westgate
October 18, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Boardman Sage Center
101 Olson Road

More information about the EFSC process and the ASC is available on the EFSC website for B2H and B2H project website.

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 B2H inquiries: info@boardmantohemingway.com, 877-339-0209

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