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Survey season now underway

With spring weather here, field crews are out – by foot, truck, and even helicopter. 
The 2016 field season has started, and you may see crews collecting information to understand the habitats, plants and animals, cultural resources, and other considerations to inform siting and engineering, and to avoid and mitigate local impacts. Idaho Power has worked with permitting agencies, local jurisdictions and communities since 2009 to better understand all the considerations for siting, building and operating the Boardman to Hemingway Transmission Line (B2H) project.

With the Bureau of Land Management anticipating release of a Final Environmental Impact Statement in late summer 2016, and our continued work on the amended Application for Site Certificate to the Oregon Department of Energy / Energy Facility Siting Council, we’re gathering updated and detailed on-the-ground information.

If fieldwork is required on your property, Idaho Power will contact you to request access prior to conducting the work and will supply more information regarding the type of studies being conducted and the schedule. This is called “right-of-entry,” which provides Idaho Power and our contractors permission to enter private property for the purposes of conducting the required fieldwork.

Fieldwork is a preliminary step Idaho Power takes in transmission line projects. Once the final route has been determined, land owners will be provided with additional information if it is expected to cross their property. 

Learn more in our Working with Landowners brochure and contact Project Manager Todd Adams (208-388-2740) with any questions about field surveys for the project.  

Visit the B2H website for the most up-to-day information about the project. 

B2H continues as a key part of Idaho Power’s plan for the next 20 years

The Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC) acknowledged the filing of Idaho Power’s 2015 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) following its March 24 hearing. The Oregon PUC regulates customer rates and services for investor-owned utilities in the state. 

B2H will benefit local residents, businesses, and our whole region. The project is essential to serving long-term customer demand and is an important part of Idaho Power’s path to less coal-fired generation. By allowing transfer of power between the Pacific Northwest and the Intermountain West, the project would serve as an alternative to new generation. 
Mitch Colburn, 500-kV projects group leader, recently described why B2H is still needed
The 2015 IRP is a roadmap describing how we at Idaho Power plan to meet energy needs over the next 20 years and ensures our planned portfolio balances cost, risk, and environmental concerns. Modeling and analysis led us to select a preferred portfolio that includes the B2H project. We included public input on the IRP by working with a stakeholder advisory group, holding public meetings and presenting it at different community meetings. We also responded to stakeholder and public comments submitted to the PUC.

B2H has been a consistent part of our planning efforts for a decade, and continues to be needed now. Idaho Power first identified the need to pursue Pacific Northwest transmission upgrades in our 2000 IRP. The transmission line project was later identified in the 2006 and subsequent IRPs. Learn more about the IRP and the process used to create it on our website. 

We are thankful for the Oregon PUC’s consideration and acknowledgement of our 2015 IRP as we work to fulfill our mission of providing reliable, responsible, fair-priced energy services, today and tomorrow. 

Think about Hells Canyon for summer camping and floating

The Snake River and Hells Canyon provide electricity to power our economy, habitat for wildlife, and irreplaceable beauty and recreational opportunities.
With long sunny days around the corner, many of us are thinking about outdoor adventure. Four recreational parks in Hells Canyon which Idaho Power maintains are worthy of your summer bucket list: Hells Canyon, Copperfield, Woodhead and McCormick. Need more inspiration to get out there? Check out the Snake River Water Trail.

We find economy, environment and people go hand in hand in our work. Idaho Power is committed to preserving the Snake River’s ability to provide clean water and clean power to our region for future generations. As part of that commitment, we are examining ways to help the overall health of the river in cooperation with adjacent landowners and other stakeholders by improving river and streamside habitat. Learn more about the Snake River Stewardship Program

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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