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August 12, 2009

Meetings On Boardman To Hemingway Project Set

BOISE, Idaho—Idaho Power staff and project advisory teams engage communities in Oregon and Idaho this month, seeking input on criteria for evaluating the proposed Boardman to Hemingway transmission line route. Attendees will learn about the necessary transmission line planned to deliver electricity to regional customers in 2015.

The meetings listed below include time for answering public questions and gathering input from attendees. All meetings will be held from 4 to 8 p.m.

  • Aug. 12 at the Baker City Community Center, 2600 East St., Baker City
  • Aug. 13 at the Blue Mountain Conference Center, 404 Twelfth St., La Grande
  • Aug. 19 at the Pilot Rock Community Center, 285 NW Cedar Pl., Pilot Rock
  • Aug. 20 at the Port of Morrow Convention Center, 2 Marine Dr., Boardman
  • Aug. 25 at the Community House of Kirkpatrick Church, 305 E. Bates Ave., Parma
  • Aug. 26 at the Community Center—American Legion Hall, 126 N. Bruneau Hwy., Marsing
  • Aug. 27 at the Four Rivers Cultural Center, 676 SW 5th Ave., Ontario


Last April, Idaho Power initiated a community advisory process to ensure residents, property owners, officials and business leaders between the Boardman, Ore. substation and new Hemingway substation near Melba, Idaho had opportunities to provide input about a route for the proposed 500 kilovolt (kV) transmission line. Three project advisory teams representing communities were formed in the north, central and south areas of the proposed transmission line project area. Team meetings began in May and will continue through October with periodic public meetings (such as the August gatherings) to provide updates and hear input. The BLM, as lead agency responsible for the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process, will work with cooperating agencies to determine which routes will be analyzed in detail in the Environmental Impact Statement.

Information, maps and schedules for the Boardman to Hemingway project are available at www.boardmantohemingway.com. Public comments and questions also may be submitted through the Web site.

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 o ther 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 2,050 people to serve a 24,000 square-mile service area in southern Idaho 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.

Media Contact: Stephanie McCurdy
Corporate Communication
388-6973 or smccurdy@idahopower.com

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