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Agency Role and Responsibility

The Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE) is a state agency with a variety of divisions and departments, including the Siting Division. The Siting Division is technical staff to the Energy Facility Siting Council (EFSC) and administers the site certificate application process on its behalf.

EFSC is a governor-appointed citizen council, confirmed by the Senate, which regulates major energy facilities in Oregon. Energy facility developers must apply for a Site Certificate from EFSC prior to constructing new facilities in Oregon, if the facility triggers EFSC jurisdiction. The energy facility siting process is standards-based and combines state and local government requirements, including land use, into a single decision and appeal path.

Participating in Oregon’s Energy Facility Siting Process

Public participation is crucial to the siting process. The EFSC process has opportunities for the public to participate to gather information and provide comments on the proposed facility. An ODOE representative be available at public informational meetings and hearings to visit with attendees and answer questions.

Application materials submitted by Idaho Power for a Site Certificate are available on  ODOE’s website.

The public can view these documents online and download them through this website and/or in person at ODOE’s Salem office.

Project Need and the Role of the Oregon Public Utility Commission

As part of the state siting process, ODOE and EFSC will review Idaho Power’s Application for Site Certificate using pass or fail siting standards, which include demonstrating the need for a “non-generating” energy facility (such as a transmission line). One of the pathways allowed in the siting rules to demonstrate compliance with the EFSC “need standard” is to include the proposed facility in an integrated resource plan (IRP) that has been acknowledged by the Oregon Public Utility Commission (OPUC).

The Boardman to Hemingway Transmission Line was included in Idaho Power's 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, and 2017 IRPs. The OPUC acknowledged ongoing permitting and the construction of the proposed transmission line in the 2017 IRP. These IRP’s are included in the Application for Site Certificate to demonstrate the project need.

For more information on the IRP process applicable to the B2H Project, please review the OPUC website. You may also view Oregon PUC Docket LC 68, regarding the 2017 IRP.

This website is the joint Boardman to Hemingway Transmission Line Project site. While information contained on this site is approved for posting by ODOE, it is not the official Oregon Department of Energy website. Visit the ODOE website.


This website is the joint Boardman to Hemingway Transmission Line Project site. While information contained on this site is approved for posting by ODOE, it is not the official Oregon Department of Energy website. Visit the ODOE website.