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Process Information

Oregon law requires Idaho Power to receive approval from the Oregon Department of Energy’s (ODOE) Energy Facility Siting Council (EFSC) in the form of a “Site Certificate” to build the Boardman to Hemingway Transmission Line (B2H) on land in Oregon. Idaho Power submitted an Application for Site Certificate (ASC) in October 2018, and ODOE issued its recommendations on the application in a Draft Proposed Order (DPO) in May of 2019. The DPO recommends that EFSC approve Idaho Power’s application. Before EFSC makes a final decision on the application, it will hold public hearings and a public comment period. Members of the public can use these opportunities to share their thoughts on the proposed transmission line.

Public Hearings

EFSC will hold the public hearings in each of the five counties in Oregon that B2H would cross: Morrow, Umatilla, Union, Baker, and Malheur. Members of the public can submit written or oral comments to EFSC at these hearings. The dates, times and locations of these hearings are listed below.

County

Date

Time

Location

Malheur

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

4:30 – 8 p.m.

Four Rivers Cultural Center, 676 SW 5th Ave, Ontario, OR 97914

Baker

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

4:30 – 8 p.m.

Baker City Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall 2005 Valley Ave, Baker City, OR 97814

Union

Thursday, June 20, 2019

4:30 – 8 p.m.

Blue Mountain Conference Center, 404 12th St, La Grande, OR 97850

Umatilla

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

4:30 – 8 p.m.

Pendleton Convention Center, 1601 Westgate, Pendleton, OR 97801

Morrow

Thursday, June 27, 2019

4:30 – 8 p.m.

Port of Morrow, Riverfront Room 2 Marine Dr NE, Boardman, OR 97818

Written comments can also be submitted via mail, email, hand-delivery or fax to Kellen Tardaewether.

Public comments on the DPO must be received by July 23, 2019 at 5 p.m. (PDT) for inclusion in the project record.

Next Steps

After the close of the comment period, EFSC will review and revise the DPO based on the public comments received. This new document is released as the Proposed Order. A hearing officer will hold a contested case proceeding after the Proposed Order is released 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 July 23, 2019.

After the conclusion of the contested case, EFSC will issue a final decision and either approve or deny Idaho Power’s application to construct B2H.

More information on the EFSC process is available in ODOE’s Guide to Siting and Oversight of Energy Facilities.

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For accessibility accommodations to review the ASC or DPO or to participate in the public hearings please contact Esther Kooistra at 503-378-3895 or at esther.kooistra@oregon.gov.

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.