State Process

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 B2H on land in Oregon. The energy facility siting process requires the applicant to meet all applicable standards. The process combines state and local government requirements, including land use, into a single decision and appeal path.

ODOE is a state agency with a variety of divisions and departments, including the Siting Division. The Siting Division is technical staff to EFSC and administers the site certificate application process on its behalf.

EFSC is a governor-appointed citizen council, confirmed by the Senate, which regulates major energy facilities in Oregon.

Idaho Power began the siting process in Oregon in 2010 and 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 and Comments

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.

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

CountyDateTimeLocation
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

Public comments on the DPO must be received by August 22, 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 will be 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 August 22, 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

Process Information

Kellen Tardaewether, Senior Siting Analyst
Oregon Department of Energy
Phone: 503-373-0214
Address: 550 Capitol St N.E.
Salem, OR 97301
Fax: 503-378-6457
Email: B2H.DPOComments@Oregon.gov