Idaho Power has worked with property owners and other stakeholders through an extensive permitting, public involvement, design and construction process for B2H since 2008. Idaho Power is committed to working with landowners during planning, permitting and construction and maintenance of the line.
The following information is also available in a printable format in Idaho Power's Working with Landowners handout.
A right-of-way (ROW) is land authorized for use through a grant. Idaho Power seeks to acquire ROWs for transmission lines through mutual agreement with property owners for the use of their property. Property owners are compensated for ROWs regardless of how they are acquired. The following tools may be used to acquire ROWs:
- Easements give the utility company the right to use the land owned for a specific purpose. Most commonly, negotiations directly with private property owners determine easement rights and restrictions for using portions of the land that remain owned by the landowner. Because the property is still owned by the property owner, the owner may use the ground within the power line easement as desired, while honoring the negotiated terms of the easement agreement.
- Permitting occurs when the utility applies for a permit to place the facility across public lands.
- Eminent domain is an option of last resort when all other options have been unsuccessful. In this case, the utility company may exercise its right to use the easement or property through court actions. Independent appraisers, through the court, will determine a fair price to be paid for the land.
Property owners are compensated for a right-of-way or easement, regardless of how it is acquired. Idaho Power’s ROW agents work directly with an affected property owner to negotiate compensation. The value of the ROW is determined using several different sources, including the assessor’s records, current land value, appraisals of similar properties in the area and local comparable sales.
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. Over the long-term, most agricultural activities can proceed with the transmission line in place. Allowable uses for ROWs may include: agricultural, such as harvesting, grazing and irrigation; temporary structures; fences; plants; and roadway crossings. Fences, locks or other access restrictions can be used by property owners along acquired ROWs.
Upcoming Right-of-Entry Requests
If your property is within a proposed route, 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 right-of-entry requests will be needed over the next several years, including the following fieldwork efforts:
- 2020: Property boundary surveys and geotechnical investigations
- Summer 2021: Additional biological and cultural resource investigations