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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 Energy Siting Division. The Siting Division provides 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. The energy facility siting process is standards-based and combines state and local government requirements, including land use, into a single decision.

Participating in Oregon’s Energy Facility Siting Process

Public participation is crucial to the siting process; therefore, it is ODOE’s goal to offer a variety of opportunities for the public to get information and offer feedback about proposed energy projects. An ODOE representative may be available to visit with attendees to answer questions at some project-related meetings.

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 ways 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 previously by the Oregon Public Utility Commission (OPUC).

Idaho Power's 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015 IRPs were acknowledged by the OPUC and are attached to the Amended Preliminary 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. Documents related to the 2011 Idaho Power IRP can be found in Docket No. LC-53.

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.