IPC/BPA/PPWLO – Boardman to Hemingway Transmission Line – Idaho - Project Profile
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Idaho Power Company (IPC), a subsidiary of IDACORP Inc., The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) and PacifiCorp (PPWLO) are jointly planning to construct a transmission line between Boardman in Oregon to Hemingway in Idaho, the US.
The project involves the construction of a 491km, 500kV transmission line.
The project includes the construction of substations and related infrastructure, the installation of transformers and generators and the laying of transmission lines.
IPC, BPA and PPWLO will design, construct, operate and maintain the project.
IPC initiated the project in 2007.
In August 2008, IPC presented a proposed route and alternate routes to the BLM and Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE).
On September 12, 2008, the BLM published a notice of intent (NOI) to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS).
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has been appointed to conduct the draft EIS report and Tetra Tech EC Inc. as study consultant.
In October 2008, ODOE and BLM jointly held public consultations and IPC held public consultations in 2009.
In June 2010, IPC submitted a revised preliminary project plans to the BLM and US Forest Service (USFS) to re-initiate the federal review process.
On July 16, 2010, ODOE, BLM and USFS jointly held public consultations.
In October 2011, the project was named as a pilot project for the federal Rapid Response Team for Transmission (RRTT) by the Government of America (GoA).
In January 2012, IPC, PPWLO and BPA agreed to jointly fund the environmental review and permitting process for the project.
In August 2012, BLM, USFS, ODOE and IPC held public consultations to update new alternatives being considered by BLM.
In May 2013, BLM and USFS held public consultations to present preliminary environmentally preferred alternatives for the project.
On December 19, 2014, BLM released the draft EIS report and proposed six segments as the preferred alternatives.
The first segment includes a 36.3km transmission line located on private land in Morrow County on the east boundary of the Naval Weapons Training Facility on Bombing Range Road. The second segment is Blue Mountains, an environmentally preferred alternative under review. The third segment is a 22.6km Flagstaff and a 27km Burnt River Mountain alternatives. The fourth segment is the 55.8km Tub Mountain South alternative. The fifth segment is in the Malheur area, and the sixth segment is Treasure Valley, where preferred alternatives are under review for the second, fifth and sixth segments.
In March 2015, Environmental Planning Group, LLC was appointed to prepare Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the project.
On November 25, 2016, BLM released Final Environmental Impact Statement (Final EIS) with a 30-day availability notice period until December 26, 2016.
BLM is anticipating to issue its Record of Decision (ROD) on the project in the second quarter of 2017.The 2017 IRP will be ?led in June.
Construction works on the project are expected to commence in 2020 with completion scheduled by 2022.
The project involves the construction of a 491km, 500kV transmission line between Boardman in Oregon to Hemingway in Idaho, the US.
The US$1000 million project includes the following:
1. Construction of substations
2. Laying of transmission lines
3. Installation of generators
4. Installation of transformers
5. Construction of related infrastructure
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