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PUC Hosting Virtual Meeting for Public to Comment on Idaho Power's Application Impacting the B2H Project - 12/01/22

SALEM, Ore. – The Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC) is hosting a virtual meeting on December 5, 2022, for the public to comment on Idaho Power’s application for a certificate of public convenience and necessity (CPCN). Idaho Power’s request is part of its proposed construction of a transmission line that would connect the Hemingway substation in Idaho with a substation near Boardman, Oregon. The transmission line is known as the Boardman to Hemingway or B2H project. 

Idaho Power has asked the PUC to issue a CPCN for this project. If granted, Idaho Power would use this certificate in court proceedings where it seeks to condemn an interest in land along the transmission line’s path. The certificate would demonstrate to the court that the transmission line is a public use and necessary for public convenience. 

This virtual meeting option to comment via Zoom or by phone follows a recent in-person meeting in La Grande, Oregon held last month.

Comment via Zoom or phone

When: Monday, December 5, 2022 from 6-7 p.m. PST (7-8 p.m. MST)
This meeting may go beyond the scheduled end time to allow more people to comment, so please log in before 7 p.m. PST.

Access the Zoom link and phone-in details at: https://bit.ly/3zXBRlz or at https://www.oregon.gov/puc/Pages/Whats-New.aspx.

Submit comments directly to the PUC by January 10, 2023

  • email PUC.PublicComments@puc.oregon.gov
  • Call 503-378-6600 or 800-522-2404 (all relay calls accepted)
  • Mail comments to: Oregon Public Utility Commission, Attn: AHD – PCN 5, PO Box 1088, Salem OR 97308-1088

Stay Informed

To stay informed throughout this process, individuals may request to be added to the distribution list to receive publicly available documents. Submit requests by email to puc.hearings@puc.oregon.gov or by calling 503-378-6678. Please specify docket PCN 5 in the request.

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The PUC regulates customer rates and services of the state’s investor-owned electric and natural gas utilities, including Portland General Electric, Idaho Power, Pacific Power, Avista, Cascade Natural, and NW Natural. The PUC also regulates landline telephone providers and select water companies. The PUC’s mission is to ensure Oregonians have access to safe, reliable, and fairly priced utility services that advance state policy and promote the public interest. We use an inclusive process to evaluate differing viewpoints and visions of the public interest and arrive at balanced, well-reasoned, independent decisions supported by fact and law. For more information about the PUC, visit oregon.gov/puc            

PUC Seeking Public Comment on Idaho Power's Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity Application for B2H Project - 11/10/22

PUC SEEKING PUBLIC COMMENT ON IDAHO POWER’S CPCN APPLICATION FOR B2H PROJECT
Application approval impacts securing of land along proposed transmission line

SALEM, Ore. – The Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC) is hosting two events to provide opportunities for the public to comment on Idaho Power’s application for a certificate of public convenience and necessity (CPCN). Idaho Power’s request is part of its proposed construction of a transmission line that would connect the Hemingway substation in Idaho with a substation near Boardman, Oregon. The transmission line is known as the Boardman to Hemingway or B2H project. 

Idaho Power has asked the PUC to issue a CPCN for this project. If granted, Idaho Power would use this certificate in court proceedings where it seeks to condemn an interest in land along the transmission line’s path. The certificate would demonstrate to the court that the transmission line is a public use and necessary for public convenience. 

Ways to Comment

Interested individuals may participate in the events to provide verbal comments to the Commissioners and the Administrative Law Judge presiding over this case. 

Comment in person - La Grande, Oregon 

When:           Wednesday, November 16, 2022 from 6-8 p.m. PST (7-9 p.m. MST)

Where:         Gilbert Event Center, Eastern Oregon University, 1 University Blvd., La Grande, OR 97850

Comment via Zoom or phone

When:           Monday, December 5, 2022 from 6-7 p.m. PST (7-8 p.m. MST)
This meeting may go beyond the scheduled end time to allow more people to comment, so please log in before 7 p.m. PST.

Access the Zoom link and phone-in details at: https://bit.ly/3zXBRlz or at https://www.oregon.gov/puc/Pages/Whats-New.aspx.

Translation services available for this event by calling 503-378-6678 no later than 5 p.m. on November 18, 2022.

Submit comments directly to the PUC by January 10, 2023

  • email PUC.PublicComments@puc.oregon.gov
  • Call 503-378-6600 or 800-522-2404 (all relay calls accepted)
  • Mail comments to: Oregon Public Utility Commission, Attn: AHD – PCN 5, PO Box 1088, Salem OR 97308-1088

Stay Informed

To stay informed throughout this process, individuals may request to be added to the distribution list to receive publicly available documents. Submit requests by email to puc.hearings@puc.oregon.gov or by calling 503-378-6678. Please specify docket PCN 5 in the request.

# # #

The PUC regulates customer rates and services of the state’s investor-owned electric and natural gas utilities, including Portland General Electric, Idaho Power, Pacific Power, Avista, Cascade Natural, and NW Natural. The PUC also regulates landline telephone providers and select water companies. The PUC’s mission is to ensure Oregonians have access to safe, reliable, and fairly priced utility services that advance state policy and promote the public interest. We use an inclusive process to evaluate differing viewpoints and visions of the public interest and arrive at balanced, well-reasoned, independent decisions supported by fact and law. For more information about the PUC, visit oregon.gov/puc