BOARDMAN -- Oregon's Department of Energy plans a series of public meetings in Eastern Oregon next month on a proposed 500-kilovolt transmission line to carry electricity from Boardman to southwestern Idaho.
The project by Idaho Power would involve construction, operation and maintenance of a transmission line from a proposed substation in Boardman to the Hemingway Substation near Melba, Idaho.
Idaho Power has said the proposed line would relieve congestion on the existing 230-kilovolt transmission lines that connect the utility's electrical system to the Northwest. Power would come from hydroelectric, natural gas, coal, nuclear and wind sources.
Oregon will conduct the informational meetings with the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service. Meetings will run from 3:30 to 8 p.m., with brief presentations at 4 p.m. and again at 6:30 p.m.
Meeting dates and locations are:
-- Aug. 2 - La Grande. Blue Mountain Conference Center, 404 12th St.
-- Aug. 4 - Pendleton Convention Center, 1601 Westgate
-- Aug. 11 - Boardman. Port of Morrow Riverfront Center, 2 Marine Drive
For more information, go to boardmantohemingway.com. Comments can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to Boardman to Hemingway Transmission Line Project, P.O. Box 655, Vale, OR 97918.
Comments must be received by Sept. 20.