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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. ODOE issued a Project Order in 2012 and an Amended Project Order in 2014. In July, 2018, ODOE issued a Second Amended Project Order to update the applicable regulations and impact analysis areas Idaho Power must address in its Application for Site Certificate.

In early 2013, Idaho Power submitted a Preliminary Application for Site Certificate to EFSC through ODOE. Because there were numerous changes to the project design, including route refinements, Idaho Power submitted the Amended Preliminary Application for Site Certificate in July 2017. In September 2018, ODOE deemed the Amended Preliminary Application Complete and Idaho Power filed the Application for Site Certificate with ODOE. ODOE and Idaho Power will hold a series of public informational meetings on the complete application and next steps in the EFSC process in each of the affected Oregon counties.

Idaho Power may request EFSC approval of any combination of route segments for the proposed B2H facility. All route segments must meet all applicable EFSC standards and other applicable rules. These route segments may or may not align with the route segments selected by the BLM during its NEPA review. Off of federal land in Oregon, EFSC has responsibility for conducting the permitting review of the facility. On federal land, the proposed B2H facility needs approval of both the responsible federal agency and EFSC.

ODOE expects to issue the Draft Proposed Order (DPO) for public review and comment in the first quarter of 2019. The DPO will include ODOE’s recommendation to EFSC on whether to deny or grant Idaho Power a site certificate for the proposed project, and, if approved ODOE’s recommended site certificate conditions. When the DPO is issued EFSC will hold a series of formal public hearings to allow public comments on the DPO.

After consideration of the written and oral comments on the DPO, ODOE may revise the DPO and then issue a Proposed Order, with an automatic Notice of Contested Case. Parties to the contested case must comment either in writing or verbally during the on-the-record hearings of the DPO. EFSC will not make its final decision on the site certificate until after the contested case proceeding has concluded.

ODOE and EFSC will review Idaho Power's application documents using the siting standards. Public comments will be submitted to ODOE and should be as specific as possible to EFSC’s siting standards.

Next Steps

The next official public comment period will be when ODOE releases the DPO. ODOE will notify the public about this and other opportunities to participate in the state siting process. Public comments will be submitted to ODOE and should be as specific as possible to 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.