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Transmission Line Comments Now Due Sept. 27

 Diana Enright
 (503) 378-8278
10-46In Oregon 1-800-221-8035
The Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE) has extended the public comment period on the proposed Boardman to Hemingway (B2H) Transmission Line Project. Public comments on Idaho Power’s Notice of Intent to file an application for site certificate for the B2H project are now due to the ODOE by Monday, Sept. 27, 2010. The comments are part of the initial phase of the state energy facility siting process.
The proposed transmission project would include construction, operation and maintenance of a new single-circuit, 500 kilovolt transmission line from a proposed substation in Boardman, Oregon to the Hemingway Substation near Melba, Idaho.
ODOE co-hosted public informational meetings in coordination with the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service from Aug. 2 through Aug. 12 in eight communities.
“We appreciate the comments received at those meetings and the agencies will continue to collect comments through mail, e-mail, fax or a shared project website,” says Sue Oliver, ODOE siting officer. “Comments don’t need to be sent to each agency because Oregon Department of Energy and the federal agencies are all sharing comments.”
Comments must be received by Monday, Sept. 27 at 5 p.m. through one of the following:
There will be additional opportunities to provide comments during the next phase known as the application review process. Learn more about the project and view documents and maps at www.boardmantohemingway.com.
The applicant, Idaho Power, filed a Notice of Intent (NOI) to ODOE in 2008; however, the proposal has changed substantially, so the company submitted a new NOI on July 6, 2010. The NOI is a formal notice to ODOE and the public that the company intends to submit an Application for a Site Certificate to the state’s Energy Facility Siting Council. The NOI is preliminary and the project is subject to change based on comments and additional analysis.