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Published on February 7, 2018 8:40PM


After reading the article from Mitch Colburn of Idaho Power touting their analysis that shows a need for the proposed B2H transmission line, may I please remind them of the following:

In a meeting in March of 2009, Mark Stokes, IPC’S power supply planning manager, stated that IPC had a need for increased transmission capability. Then on February 5, 2015 (six years later), that same company stated at a PURPA meeting in Idaho that there was no need, that IPC could meet their peak demands through 2021 and beyond ... they won’t need anything. It has been recently learned that IPC is consistently under-reporting their energy conservation and over-forecasting their energy need. From information gathered from the United States Energy Information Administration, the question was asked: “How fast is electric demand increasing in the United States?” Answer: “It isn’t. Electric sales are flat. Total electricity sales fell in 2015 for the fifth time in the past eight years.”

They (IPC) also speak of their regional partners for this proposed B2H project, i.e., Bonneville Power Administration and Pacific Corp. As a participant in the video/phone conference before the Oregon Public Utility Commission on Thursday, February 1, 2018, it came to light again at that conference that, so far, neither Pacific Corp nor Bonneville Power have agreed to construction. Idaho Power is asking to start preliminary construction before a site certificate is issued. No rules being followed here.

When the dams were built on the Snake River, one of the requirements was that fish ladders be constructed on these dams. Again, no rules followed here as IPC chose to build these dams without the required fish ladders. How they got away with the blatant disregard for those requirements is still very questionable.

The proof is in the pudding. Everything sounds rosy and peachy-keen when presented by IPC, but, in light of the above, I question their integrity.

JoAnn Marlette

Baker City



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