Idaho Bulk Transmission Permitting Process (ID)
The steps of the Idaho bulk transmission permitting process are summarized in the chart below. Roll over each section for a summary of the regulations and permits it covers. Click a section to learn more about the required permits and regulations related to that topic.
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Bulk Transmission Development in Idaho
The electrical grid in Idaho is part of the Western Interconnection power grid and the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC). It includes the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia, the northern portion of Baja California, Mexico, and all or portions of the 14 Western states between. The WECC is the Regional Entity responsible for coordinating and promoting Bulk Electric System reliability in the Western Interconnection, including in Idaho. In addition, WECC provides an environment for coordinating the operating and planning activities of its members as set forth in the WECC Bylaws.
In addition, some transmission owners in Idaho are part of the Northern Tier Transmission Group (NTTG). The NTTG is a group of transmission providers and customers that are actively involved in the sale and purchase of transmission capacity of the power grid that delivers electricity to customers in the Northwest and Mountain States. Transmission owners serving this territory work in conjunction with state governments, customers, and other stakeholders to improve the operations of and chart the future for the grid that links all of these service territories.
In Idaho, there are investor-owned, independent, and cooperative transmission providers, including:
- Idaho Power Co that serves several counties across Idaho;
- Bonneville Power Admin (Idaho) that serves rural communities across Idaho;
- Rocky Mountain Power that serves counties in southeaster Idaho;
- Avista Corp (Idaho) that serves northern Idaho.
Idaho Office of Energy Resources
The Office of Energy Resources (OER) was created by Idaho Governor C. L. "Butch" Otter by executive order to help secure the state's energy outlook. Toward that goal, the OER leads Idaho's efforts to help facilitate the development of critical transmission projects as they emerge. The OER focuses on establishing a harmonized effort with the federal, tribal, and state agencies, departments, divisions, and local governments for the purpose of insuring that Idaho's energy needs are satisfied.