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Supreme Court Rules

in favor of the Oregon Department of Energy and Idaho Power

Stop B2H Coalition

Spring 2023

The Stop B2H Coalition Board of Directors expressed profound disappointment with the Oregon Supreme Court decision on March 9. The court ruled in favor of the Oregon Department of Energy’s Facilities Siting Council (ODOE/EFSC). Board members say that the Court’s decision leaves five counties of eastern Oregon unprotected from damage by Idaho Power’s planned B2H transmission line. Read the full press release here.


The entire court opinion can be found on our website.

Click here for a story and a 10 minute segment from KGW-TV, Portland. And another from the Baker City Herald.

So Now What? ...

A big hurdle for Idaho Power is looming in the current Contested Case at the Oregon Public Utility Commission (OPUC) on a - Certificate of Public Necessity and Convenience - (CPCN), which is necessary for eminent domain!

This certificate is required in order for Idaho Power to file for condemnation of private lands. There are eight parties in this case (including STOP and some of our prior contested case warriors.) On April 19-20 we begin the cross-examination phase, then two briefings in May. The case is expected to conclude late June.

STOP opposes this certificate because there are alternatives, and we do not believe a long distance overhead line is “publicly necessary.” It could be an option, but not one that would rise to such a level as to condemn people’s land.

Idaho Power knows that the industry is changing rapidly and wants to build this line before (as STOP predicts) an overhead line like this is obsolete.

It is essential for landowners to understand their rights and not be bullied into signing unfavorable agreements. Landowners are being asked to sign agreements for allowing the transmission line prior to being provided with detailed maps, and prior to an assessment that includes e.g.: the value of timber or agricultural products that the owner could produce and sell over the100-year life of the B2H Line.

STOP has been arguing that Idaho Power has failed to complete the work that they should have completed prior to asking for a CPCN. For example, surveying and mitigation planning, accurate mapping, and proposals to all landowners. This lack of completion puts the parties at a disadvantage in this contested case since we still lack information, such as: the Budget! The budget is an important OPUC decision criteria.


There are additional Next Steps (e.g.: mitigation plans and amendments to the EFSC Site Certificate) to keep track of especially at this critical time when things are pending and ground has not been broken! If you can help with "watch-dogging," please contact us:

Idaho’s Largest Energy Storage Projects Under Construction; More Solar on the Way - FINALLY!

Read comments from STOP: here.  And check out the story, here.

Cool Innovations & Trends...

More Cool Trends - Here.  Check 'em out!

Making Connections… 

River Democracy Act,

Ladd Creek Watershed

and the B2H

Here is an Op Ed piece written by on of our “contested case warriors” who discovered, like many of us, that our state rules have many holes or they are so outdated that there are very little protections of our natural resources. 

In this piece, Protecting our Rivers and Watersheds, Kevin March discusses the River Democracy Act and one of the B2H contested cases about Ladd Creek and LC watershed.  Read on here.

More Unprotected Water ResourcesTwin Lake wetlands (below)

Story and Photo:  Karen Antell


Celebrate Earth Day - Week

with Allies and Friends of the Owyhee (FOTO)!

Many of you are in OTEC Country! 

Annual meeting is coming right up -- in La Grande on May 6th. This is an opportunity to hear the reports from OTEC board and ask questions.  Last year’s was informative.  It’s important for their Board to hear fresh new voices that want energy from a diversity mix, so we are not completely captured by the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA). We seek more energy resilience in local communities too.


A great webinar sponsored by Rocky Mountain Institute reveals the challenges that rural electric Coops face.  The slides are here.  It is a little technical but the some quick takeaways are: 

Ω  Coops, as compared with investor-owned utilities like Idaho Power and PacifiCorp, do not have shareholders to rely on for capital investments, or easy ability to get bank loans and access to capital for investing in new technologies.  If they do that, they have to charge us--the ratepayers.  Whereas, a for-profit investor-owned utility, can access capital and then later go to the OPUC and ask for cost recovery.  This puts the rural Coops at a disadvantage.

Ω  Another piece of interest is that Coops are now eligible for investment funding under the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) and we need to encourage our Coop to think big, different, and future-focused!  We need to help them see that by diversifying their energy mix and not relying solely on the BPA’s cheap hydro-electric power, they will be better positioned strategically to compete in the energy market of the future.  At a minimum, they can apply for funds for feasibility studies and planning. 

Related, our very own Norm Cimon, discusses "Turning the Grid Upside Down" in his Op Ed piece in the La Grande Observer. The opinion piece was in response to another; but his points are those OTEC needs to hear from all of its customers! | 541-406-0727 |

Our mailing address is:

60366 Marvin Road, La Grande, Oregon 97850

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