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March 9, 2009

Idaho Power Coordinates Community Advisory Process for Boardman to Hemingway Transmission Project

BOISE, Idaho, Monday, March 9, 2009—Idaho Power today announced the coordination of a community advisory process to site the Boardman to Hemingway Transmission Project. The purpose of establishing the process is to engage and further include members of the local communities from Boardman, OR to Murphy, ID in the siting of this significant regional transmission project.

"We recognize the need to pause and listen as a result of the public participation and comments received through the federal and state permitting process," said Idaho Power's Vice President, Delivery Engineering and Operations Lisa Grow. "The need for this project to address transmission system constraints in order to enable secure, comfortable lifestyles for customers and prosperity for communities across the region hasn't changed. The difference is in our approach. The intention is to conduct a comprehensive and inclusive public process to identify proposed and alternative routes required for this project to proceed."

The project community advisory process involves community members, state and federal government agencies and company representatives working together to address three elements: identification of community issues and concerns, development of a range of possible routes that address community issues and concerns while following all federal, state, and local requirements, and recommendation of proposed and alternative routes with completion expected by the end of 2009.

"We are leveraging a proven collaborative approach with coordinating community advisory teams across our service area to establish this project siting process," said Idaho Power's Delivery Planning Manager David Angell. "Feedback from prior participants indicates a successful experience for all involved, and we look forward to similar results for this project."

To learn more visit http://www.boardmantohemingway.com/idaho_power.aspx.

IDACORP, Inc. (NYSE:IDA), Boise, Idaho-based and formed in 1998, is a holding company comprised of Idaho Power Company, a regulated electric utility; IDACORP Financial, a holder of affordable housing projects and other real estate investments; and Ida-West Energy, an operator of small hydroelectric generation projects that satisfy the requirements of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978. IDACORP's origins lie with Idaho Power and operations beginning in 1916. Today, Idaho Power employs approximately 2,000 people to serve a 24,000 square-mile service area in southernIdaho and eastern Oregon. With 17 low-cost hydroelectric projects as the core of its generation portfolio, Idaho Power's 487,000 residential, business and agricultural customers pay some of the nation's lowest prices for electricity. To learn more about Idaho Power or IDACORP, visit www.idahopower.com or www.idacorpinc.com

 

Echo Chadwick
Idaho Power
Director, Corporate Communication
208-388-6654
echadwick@idahopower.com

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