Idaho Power Updates B2H Transmission Project

February 01, 2017

From Idaho Power – Since 2008, Idaho Power has worked collaboratively with agencies, property owners and other stakeholders – including Umatilla Electric Cooperative – 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.