Idaho Power is committed to working with landowners to ensure we minimize interference with your operations and access during the design, construction and maintenance of the Boardman to Hemingway transmission line (B2H). Idaho Power is taking steps to reduce impacts of the line on landowners, including adjusting the design and siting of the line based on landowners' feedback.
If you're new to the project, you can learn more about B2H, the proposed transmission line that will connect eastern Oregon to southwestern Idaho carrying clean, reliable, affordable power between the regions.
Idaho Power expects to finalize B2H permitting in 2022. Construction is expected to begin in 2023 and take three years. The line is planned to be in-service in 2026 or later.
Idaho Power is willing to pay landowners to allow us to:
- Periodically access your road or land
- Stage materials on your land during construction
- Build a transmission tower on your property
To perform the activities listed above, Idaho Power will acquire a right-of-way (ROW) on your land. A right-of-way allows Idaho Power the right to use and/or access your land for a specific purpose. Property owners are always compensated for rights-of-way.
How does Idaho Power acquire a ROW?
Idaho Power, or its contracted ROW agent, prefers to work collaboratively with landowners to establish easments (i.e. mutual agreements) that minimize impacts to you while providing fair compensation. Easements are typically negotiated directly with you, the private property owner, to determine the easement rights and restrictions for using portions of the land. Because you still own the property, you can use the ground in the power line easement as you wish, as long as you honor the negotiated terms of the easement agreement.
You will be compensated with a one-time payment for granting access to build the power line and subsequently operate and maintain the line. Property owners are compensated for rights-of-way regardless of how they are acquired. Idaho Power’s right-of-way agents work directly with property owners to negotiate compensation. The value of a right-of-way is determined using several different sources and must follow federal and state procedures.
Compatible Land Uses
Idaho Power will also work with landowners to reduce impacts to agriculture, such as coordinating the timing of construction to minimize short-term impacts. Most agricultural activities can proceed with the transmission line in place. Allowable uses for right-of-way may include:
- Harvesting, grazing and irrigation
- Temporary structures
- Roadway crossings
- Timber production
You can still restrict general access to your property with fences, locks, and other restrictions.
Upcoming Right-of-Entry Requests
If your property is within a proposed route for the transmission line, Idaho Power will contact you for access prior to conducting any fieldwork. This is called “right-of-entry,” which provides Idaho Power and its contractors permission to enter private property for the purposes of conducting required fieldwork.
Future rights-of-entry will be needed over the next several years, including the following fieldwork efforts:
- 2020: LiDAR (aerial terrain surveys), cultural and visual surveys
- 2021-22: Continued cultural, biological and archeological surveys. Wetlands and weed inventories, geotechnical investigations, and property boundary surveys.
Idaho Power will notify you at least 24 hours before arriving. Permission to enter your property does not constitute your consent to an easement.
- See where the transmission line is relative to your property
- Complete the Right-of-Entry form
- Explore the Working with Landowners handout
- If you have questions, please contact: Kurtis Funke (firstname.lastname@example.org) at PO Box 70, Boise, ID 83707 or 208-388-6607