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Continued progress on Boardman to Hemingway

The Boardman to Hemingway Transmission Line Project (B2H) is moving forward to meet the energy needs of the Pacific Northwest region. Since 2002, Idaho Power has reguarly analyzed the need for this regional transmission connection. Analysis shows the need for the project is still strong and the project will benefit the entire area by allowing more electricity to move throughout the Pacific Northwest. In fact, B2H was identified as a priority project by the Obama Administration as part of the Interagency Rapid Response Team for Transmission.
 
Major permitting milestones are on the horizon for B2H. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) expects to release its final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) this year. Following the federal Record of Decision, which is the next step after the final EIS, we will continue to gather information on the selected route to develop the detailed design needed for Oregon’s Energy Facility Siting Council Process.
 
Idaho Power continues to work with local communities, permitting agencies, and other partners and stakeholders. For example, routing variations were developed for analysis in response to comments on the draft EIS received from Union County and the County's B2H Advisory Committee in January 2016. Similar efforts have occurred throughout Malheur, Baker, Umatilla and Morrow counties since the BLM issued their draft EIS in December 2014.
 
Idaho Power and its contractors are out in the field surveying plant species, bird and wildlife habitat, and cultural resources. Federal and state permitting requires this data to assess potential environmental impacts of each route alternative. We are not conducting engineering surveys to finalize locations of transmission towers or other related facilities such as roads at this time. We are also not seeking to negotiate easements with landowners right now, but will begin those conversations once necessary permits are in place.
 
Idaho Power sends requests to enter property to survey lands potentially crossed by the project. We rely on each county Assessor’s office for information necessary to send requests to landowners. We respect landowners and other stakeholders and partners and do not share any information that may be considered private.
 
You can find more information on B2H at boardmantohemingway.com or by contacting the project team at ipc@boardmantohemingway.com or 1-877-339-0209. 

Summer Energy Efficiency to save money and resources

Using less energy at work and at home benefits everyone. Check out our Summer Energy Efficiency Guide and our Energy Savings Made Easy video to learn tricks and tips you can use to save on your electric bill.

You may be eligible to participate in programs to increase the energy efficiency of your home or business. We encourage Idaho Power customers to learn about our residential rebates, credits and other available help.

Other resources around the region include those from:

Other recent news

David Stanish honored by Idaho Business Journal

Congratulations to our own David Stanish for being recognized by the Idaho Business Review as an Accomplished Under 40 honoree. As Senior Legal Counsel at Idaho Power, David leads permitting on B2H. Learn more about David and his background in the Business Review

Summer field surveys update in Northeast Oregon Now

In case you missed it, the Umatilla Electric Cooperative published our recent update and information on summer field surveys in the Northeast Oregon Now news website, including how local utility customers stand to benefit from the project.

Contact Idaho Power

Todd Adams, project manager, tadams@idahopower.com, 208-388-2740
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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