Oregon Distribution System Plan

Oregon Grid Improvements

Idaho Power is working on a plan for the future of the electrical grid in eastern Oregon. This effort will improve our planning processes by including input from local communities. Understanding customer priorities will help Idaho Power provide reliable, affordable energy in eastern Oregon.

Background

The electrical grid consists of transmission and distribution systems. The transmission system moves energy from plants that generate it to substations, and between substations. The distribution system moves energy from substations to the businesses, farms and homes that use it. It also connects customers who produce energy on their own – through solar panels, etc. – to other customers who use it.

On March 22, 2019, the Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC) issued Order No. 19-104, directing Idaho Power to “develop a transparent, robust, holistic regulatory planning process for electric utility distribution system operations and investments.”

Idaho Power is excited to work with communities in eastern Oregon to increase visibility into how the grid works and gather the public’s input on distribution system investments.

Our goal

Idaho Power’s goal in developing the distribution system plan is to increase community involvement and reflect community priorities in the distribution system’s future while maintaining our tradition of reliable, affordable, clean energy. To that end, we will share information and incorporate input from local governments, businesses, interest groups and the public.

Meetings

Provide your input during a series of virtual meetings this summer and early next year. At these meetings, we will:

  • Cover electrical system basics
  • Gather feedback on priorities for developing the electrical distribution system
  • Develop proposals for meeting communities’ needs and priorities

Tentative meeting schedule

 Meeting 2: September 15, 2 –4:30 p.m. (Mountain Daylight Time)

  • Planning Process, Identifying Community Priorities

Meetings 3 and 4: 2022 (TBD)

  • Developing Pilot Concept Proposals

Meeting materials

Aug. 26, 2021: Introductory meeting presentation

Questions?

Please contact: dsp@idahopower.com

or

Jim Burdick
Distribution Planning and Engineering Leader
(208) 388-5769
jburdick@idahopower.com

Marc Patterson
Transmission and Distribution Strategies Engineer
(208) 388-2712
mpatterson@idahopower.com

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