B2H Transmission Line Project page header
Oregon Department of energy page header

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. The NOI provides ODOE with the opportunity to notify the public of a proposed project and to gather public comments. ODOE and the federal agencies sent out public notices and hosted a series of public information meetings along the proposed route during the summer of 2010. ODOE also asked state and local agencies to review the NOI and identify laws, regulations and ordinances that apply to the proposed facility.

In March 2012, ODOE issued the Project Order informing Idaho Power of the issues identified through public comments, the applicable regulations, and the impact analysis areas it 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 have been numerous changes to the project design, including route refinements, Idaho Power intends to submit an amended application to ODOE in mid-2017.

ODOE is not expected to make a determination on the completeness of the application until the end of 2017 or early 2018. ODOE will provide public notice and host information meetings along the route after deeming the application complete and final.

ODOE expects to issue the Draft Proposed Order (DPO) for public review and comment in 2018. The DPO will include ODOE’s recommendation to EFSC on whether to grant Idaho Power a site certificate for the proposed project, and ODOE’s recommended site certificate conditions. When the DPO is issued EFSC will hold a series of formal public hearings to hear comments on the DPO.

After consideration of the comments on the DPO, ODOE will revise the DPO and then issue the Proposed Order with a Notice of Contested Case. 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.

Next Steps

The next official public comment period will be when Idaho Power’s Application for Site Certificate is deemed complete by ODOE. ODOE will notify the public about this and other opportunities to participate in the state siting process.

When submitting a comment to ODOE, please make it as specific as possible and relate to the 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.