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News Release
Commission to Host Open Houses On Need for Boardman Hemingway Transmission Line
March 11,  2009 (2009-002) (LC-41)
Contacts:  Lee Beyer, Chairman, 503 378-6611; Ray Baum, Commissioner, 503 378-6611; John Savage, Commissioner, 503 378-6611; Bob Valdez, Public Affairs Specialist, 503 378-8962
Salem, Ore.  The Oregon Public Utility Commission will hold two Open House events to provide information and receive comments from the public regarding the Commission’s role in reviewing Idaho Power’s Hemingway Transmission Line project known as B2H.
The Commission has been asked to acknowledge Idaho Power’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) addendum containing the Boardman to Hemingway Transmission Line project. An IRP is a comprehensive plan designed to meet future demands for electricity, balancing reliability, environmental concerns, efficiency, and low cost. 
The OPUC review can address issues such as:
  • What would happen if the line were not built or built later than proposed?
  • Could projected electrical needs be met by purchasing power?
  • Would additional local generation make the line less necessary?
  • If a line is needed, are these the right termination locations?
  • Is the proposed capacity too large or too small to meet projected needs?
  • Can demand management and efficiency reduce the size of line needed?

NOTICE IS GIVEN that a meeting affecting this area will be held as follows:
  DATE:          March 26, 2009
  TIME:          7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
PLACE:          Four Rivers Cultural Center
                        676 SW 5th Ave.
                        Ontario, OR 97914
NOTICE IS GIVEN that a meeting affecting this area will be held as follows:
  DATE:        March 27, 2009
  TIME:        9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
PLACE:        Baker County Event Center
                      Baker County Fairgrounds
                      2500 East St.
                      Baker City, OR 97814
You can also visit the PUC’s website or call 1-800-522-2404 for more information.