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Agency Role and Responsibility

The Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE) is a state agency with a variety of divisions and departments, including the Energy Siting Division. ODOE is responsible for ensuring Oregon has an adequate supply of reliable and affordable energy and is safe from nuclear contamination. The Siting Division provides technical staff to the Energy Facility Siting Council (EFSC) and administers the site certificate application process on its behalf.

EFSC is a governor-appointed citizen council, confirmed by the Senate, which regulates all energy facilities in Oregon. Energy facility developers must apply for a Site Certificate from EFSC prior to constructing new facilities in Oregon. The energy facility siting process is standards-based and combines state and local government requirements, including land use, into a single decision.

Participating in Oregon’s Energy Facility Siting Process

Public participation is crucial to the siting process; therefore, it is ODOE’s goal to offer a variety of opportunities for the public to get information and offer feedback about proposed energy projects. At project-related meetings, an ODOE representative will be available to visit with attendees to answer questions.

Application documents submitted by Idaho Power for a Site Certificate are available for public review and comment. The public can view these documents online and download them through this website and/or in person at ODOE’s Salem office. ODOE also placed a copy of these documents at public viewing locations in Oregon and Idaho.

Groups interested in having a presentation about the siting process should contact Maxwell Woods.

Project Need and the Role of the Oregon Public Utility Commission

As part of the state siting process, ODOE and EFSC will review Idaho Power’s Application for Site Certificate using pass or fail siting standards, which include demonstrating the need for a “non-generating” energy facility (such as a transmission line). One of the ways allowed in the siting rules to demonstrate compliance with the EFSC “need standard” is to include the proposed project in an integrated resource plan (IRP) that has been acknowledged by the Oregon Public Utility Commission (OPUC).

Idaho Power included the B2H Project in its 2011 IRP, which was acknowledged by the OPUC at its February 14, 2012 public meeting. Thereafter, on May 21, 2012, the OPUC confirmed its acknowledgement of Idaho Power’s 2011 IRP in a written order (Order No. 12-177). Idaho Power submitted its 2013 IRP in June 2013. Idaho Power has included this acknowledgement in its preliminary Application for Site Certificate as evidence the B2H Project meets the EFSC need standard.

For more information on the IRP process applicable to the B2H Project, please review the OPUC website. Documents related to the 2011 Idaho Power IRP can be found in Docket No. LC-53.

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.