Process Information

Oregon’s siting process was initiated by the submittal of Idaho Power’s Notice of Intent to submit an Application for Site Certificate (NOI) in summer 2010. The NOI provides ODOE with the opportunity to notify the public of a proposed project and to gather public comments. ODOE and the federal agencies sent out public notices and hosted a series of public information meetings along the proposed route during the summer of 2010. ODOE also asked state and local agencies to review the NOI and identify laws, regulations and ordinances that apply to the proposed facility.

In March 2012, ODOE issued the Project Order informing Idaho Power of the issues identified through public comments, the applicable regulations, and the impact analysis areas it must address in its Application for Site Certificate.

In February 2013, Idaho Power submitted its preliminary Application for Site Certificate (pASC) to ODOE and EFSC. The pASC is currently being reviewed by ODOE and state and local agencies to determine whether Idaho Power has included sufficient information in the ASC to address the requirements listed in the Project Order. When the application is deemed complete it will be released for public comment and ODOE will hold another series of information meetings. These meetings will be coordinated with the federal agencies.

ODOE and EFSC will review Idaho Power's application documents using the siting standards.

Next Steps

The next official public comment period will be when Idaho Power’s Application for Site Certificate is deemed complete by ODOE. ODOE will notify the public about this and other opportunities to participate in the state siting process.

When submitting a comment to ODOE, please make it as specific as possible and relate to the EFSC’s siting standards.

EFSC Process Diagram (Click on graphic for more information)

This diagram shows Oregon’s Energy Facility Siting Council process which starts when the applicant, in this case Idaho Power, submits a Notice of Intent to prepare an Application for Site Certificate, which is followed by public information meetings and a comment period. Following the Notice of Intent, the Oregon Department of Energy will publish the Project Order. The next stage of the process begins when the applicant, Idaho Power, submits the Application for Site Certificate. The Oregon Department of Energy will request comments on this Application and will produce a Draft Proposed Order, followed by public hearings. The Oregon Department of Energy then publishes a Proposed Order, which is followed by a Contested Case Hearing. Finally, the Energy Facility Siting Council will approve or deny the application in the Final Order.

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.


Sue Oliver,
Energy Facility Siting Analyst
Eastern Oregon Office
395 E. Highland Ave.
Hermiston, OR 97838
Phone: 541-567-3840 Ext. 225
Toll free (Oregon only):
Fax: 541-567-6861
E-mail Sue