On July 2, 2020, the Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE) issued its Proposed Order and Notice of Contested Case for B2H. This document is a revised version of the Draft Proposed Order (DPO) that ODOE previously released in May 2019 and takes into account the comments heard during public hearings that EFSC held in June 2019 and the 93-day public comment period that followed these hearings.
The Proposed Order recommends that EFSC approve Idaho Power’s application subject to recommended conditions. Now that the Proposed Order has been released, a hearing officer will hold a contested case proceeding where individuals who submitted comments on the DPO and feel that their comments were not addressed in the Proposed Order can raise these issues. In order to participate in the contested case, individuals must have submitted a written or oral comment between the release of the DPO on May 22, 2019, and before the close of the public comment period on August 22, 2019.
After the conclusion of the contested case, the Energy Facility Siting Council will issue a final decision and either approve or deny Idaho Power’s application to construct B2H.
The EFSC process flowchart describes each step of the state permitting process and highlights opportunities for public participation. More information about the EFSC process and the Application for Site Certificate, including a copy of the Proposed Order, is available on the EFSC Website for B2H.