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If you have any experience regarding weeds, roads, water, geography, wet lands,
wildlife, archeology, historic sites, recreation, etc. let the city or county know!

    Fund Raising to STOP B2H    stop Boardman to Hemingway Transmission Line
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prevent our wildlife - health - environment - economy
from being thrown to the wind!
Your generous donations . . .
help us educate the public about the
true impact of wind energy.  

Please send your donations to:   
PO Box 116
Union, OR 97883
Make your check payable to FGRV.* 
For more info call 541-910-8263
* As a 501 (c)(3) donations are tax deductible
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Energy facts & figures
compliments of Irene
          Energy and the Taxpayer
Federal subsidies for electric power by
source, fiscal 2010

                       Total             Dollars per
                (in millions of $)   megawatt hour
Oil and Gas        $654            $0.64
Hydropower         215             0.82
Coal                  1,189             0.64
Nuclear              2,499             3.14
Solar                     968         775.64
Wind                  4,986           56.29

Sources: U.S. Department of Energy and Institute for Energy Research, 2011
reprinted in Wall Street Journal
August 17, 2012

FGRV challenge ad
3 % Challenge Begins
in Front Yards Across
Grande Ronde Valley

blue not green

Hawkish on wind 

our wildlife - health - environment - economyfrom being thrown to the wind!

A few tips to conserve energy ...
  • Reduce your usage of what you already operate.
  • Plug your appliances and electronic equipment into a smart strip and when you're not using them,  simply turn off the smart strip.
  • Wash your clostes in cold water.
  • Run only full loads in your dishwasher and washing machine.
  • Air dry dishes rather than using heated drying cycle.
  • Lower the thermostat on your hot water heater to 120°.
"Energy efficiency is still the best buy ..." NW Power Council 

* In the U.S., the Energy Information Administration (EIA) of the U.S. Department of Energy projects that wind's share of electricity porduction will be less than one percent in 2030.
      Listen Sunday  4-5 PM pst 

Tools to Use

"I've taken the 3% Challenge"  
Print, distribute,  fill out, stamp & mail to FGRV

3% Energy Challenge   Money in the Pocket  You have permission to use our radio ads
FGRV 3% Challenge flier 
Print and distribute to others, mail them, hand them out  

3% Challenge Yard Signs
Call 541-568-4585 to get a sign

prevent our wildlife - health - environment - economy from being thrown to the wind!

or we will lose ...
  • The Oregon Trail
  • 75 Golden Eagles observed
  • Native Indian archaelogical sites
  • Home of Redband Trout
  • Pristine view of Craig Mountain
  • 58 Active Raptor nests
  • Pathway for migratory birds to Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area
  • 154 combined wetlands, streams and forested areas
  • Rare plants including extremely rare Oregon Semaphore Grass
  • Habitat for resident and migratory bats and birds
  • Winter range for Elk, Antelope and Deer
  • Home of Eagles, Hawks, and Woodpeckers

FGRV Yard Sale nets $875

During Union's Grassroots Festival on August 13th FGRV added $875 to its war chest for 
future projects and possibly legal actions in its continuing fight to keep more wind industrial complexes out of the Grande Ronde Valley.

A bake sale and information table provided a little extra benefit to those stopping by for a good deal.  Of course the best deal was the printed info and SWINDLE bumper stickers that were handed out. 

Thanks to energetic FGRV members headed by orgainizer Bonnie Dunn more people have joined the fight while these funds were raised.
* Grassroots Festival provided another venue for the 'grassroots' efforts of FGRV. 

* Union was highlighted as Oregon's 'Volunteer Town' in a PBS documentary several years ago.  FGRV members continue the volunteer tradition by giving their time, talent and treasure to protect the Grande Ronde Valley.  

Protected eagle halts
Eastern Oregon
wind farms


by Ted Sickinger The Oregonian 9-29-10

    The endangered golden eagle has grounded the first wind farm in Wasco County and is throwing another in Gilliam County into doubt.
read the rest of the article

turbine lightning
                    strikes again
Lightening Strikes Again
Idaho Power website gives
up todate info on what wind

actually brings to the consumer -
higher rates. 

Find the following articles at

Idaho House, Senate Request
Changes to PURPA
by Michael Foley, Idaho Power

Ontario'w Wind Policy Blows
by Rob Granatstein, The Toronto Sun

Are Tax Incentives for Commercial Wind Farms Good for Idaho?
by Steve Priebe,
Idahoans for Responsible Energy Policy

Idaho Senate kills much-debated
energy rebate extension ...
by John Miller, Daily Reporter April 7, 2011

excerpt:  “We already give them massive federal subsidies,” Christensen told The Associated Press after the vote. “If they can’t survive on those alone, they should not have any more of our taxpayer dollars.”
read the entire article

Editors note:  several attempts by Idaho's grassroots groups failed but they finally suceeded! 
Our Congratulations to them for their efforts, and determination and victory.

  A cruel truth ~~ There will be very few permanent jobs created once the wind factory has been built.  The hype is usually about the jobs during the short construction period; nevertheless, the bulk of construction is typically completed by labor imported into the area.

Wind power is a technological, economic
and environmental failure." 
John Droz, Physicist

Wind farms are not farms ...
they don't grow anything.
We call them factories.

Turbine Ablaze
turbine ablaze

Call, write, email
our county commissioners
and tell them

STOP wind power in Union County

Steve McClure

Mark Davidson

Bill Rosholt

1106 K Avenue
La Grande, Oregon 97850
phone: 541-963-1001
Fax: 541-963-1079

How is this green?
In Baotou, China, where neodymium is extracted, a vast man-made lake of foul-smelling radioactive waste, five-miles wide, has been created from the by-product.  It has killed farmland for miles around, made thousands of people ill and put one of China's key waterways in jeopardy.  One of the largest users is a top- capacity wind turbine that uses 4,400 lbs. of the neodymium-based permanent magnet material.

In advisory vote,
eastern Oregon

residents reject
proposed wind farm
by Bill Rautenstrauch / The Observer 11-3-10

By a slim majority Tuesday, Union County voters said they don't like the idea of Horizon Wind Energy building the 300-megawatt Antelope Ridge Wind Farm near Union. 

Excerpted from the article Dennis Wilkinson, the head of Friends of Grande Ronde Valley said:  "With the defeat of Measure 31-75, the people of Union County have made an informed and educated decision that they do not want the Antelope Ridge Wind Farm in their community."  ... the vote will "resonate throughout the country proving that people in rural communities are standing up to the foreign corporations that are attempting to destroy the land, way of life, wildlife, health and more in the name of 'clean, renewable energy."
click to read entire article   
thanks to

Union County
Election Results
November 2, 2010   
  Totals 11/03/10  3:16 AM  All 19 Precincts Counted  70.98 voter turnout   total ballots cast  10,810
Measure 31-75 
"Do the citizens of Union County support the Antelope Ridge Wind Farm application currently before the Oregon Department of Energy?"  
Yes 5,060 votes (48.09%)  
NO 5,462 VOTES (51.91%)


A Beacon Hill Institute & Cascade Policy Institute Policy Study     March 2011
David G. Tuerck, PhD   
Michael Head, MSEP    
Paul Bachman, MSIE

This study takes into account a variety of factors and their effects to Oregon's employment, costs to industry and the public. 

excerpts from Executive Summary: 
Since renewable energy generally costs more than conventional energy, may have voiced concerns about highter elecrticity rates.  Moreover, since Oregon has a liited ability to generate new renewable energy, the state will start from a low power generation base.  In addition,m some renewable energy sources (wind and solar power in particular) require the installation of conventional backup generation capacity for cloudy, windless days.  The need for this backup further boosts the cost of renewable energy.

Oregonians will begin to see these higher costs on their electric bill this year.  Pacific Power and Portland General Electric Implemented rate increases (in some cases double-digit percentage increases) directly tied to SB 838.    read the entire study

Taxpayers subsidize
wind power at $23.34 per MWH,
natural gas at 25¢ per MWH,
coal at 44¢, and
hydro power at 67¢.

Tax dollars still blowing in the wind

by The Oregonian Editorial Board March 15, 2011

excerpt:  Oregon has stopped throwing money at anyone who mouths the magic words:  "Green energy."  But a three-part series in The Oregonian made it clear this week that the state must further tighten the rules --- and the oversight --- of its Business Energy Tax Credit program.

excerpt:  Given the enormous cost, the green subsidies demand stronger scrutiny from lawmakers, the governor and the public than they've received.  Former Gov. Ted Kulongoski's energy policy --- y'all come --- ignored the mounting cost until hundreds of millions of dollars were committed, no small amount of it to companies that failed to live up to the promises of jobs, economic development and green energy.

excerpt:  ... If we're going to toss $300 million to green energy developers every two years, we should know exactly what we're getting in return. 
click to read the entire article

The proposed Antelope Ridge Wind Factory will have 164 towers, 40 stories tall and will destroy 47,000 acres sensitive wildlife habitat.
Materials used in the factory will be:
  • 4,723 tons of non-biodegradable fiberglass blades
  • 139,400 gallons of petroleum-based oil
  • 66,155 cubic yards of concrete*
  • 46,000 tons of steel and rebar
  *Did you know?
Concrete production is one of the most energy intensive of all
manufacturing processes  and accounts for 5-10% of the world's CO² emissions?

Reasons for projected OTEC

rate increases in 2011

thanks to Super Talk Radio
KLBM 1450  Pod Casts 9-16-10

Werner Buehler, OTEC's General Manager, and Steve Schauer, OTEC's Manager of Member Services discuss a BPA wholesale rate increase scheduled for October 2011.
Date: Thursday, September 16, 2010
Part 1, length 8:25
Part 2, length 9:52

When Green Subsidies are gone this is what is left!

Komoa wind farm abandoned
Komoa wind farm abandoned

Komoa view

The Gas Is Greener
by Robert Bryce June 7, 2011
published in The New York Times

With all the 10's of thousands of wind towers that are scheduled to be erected   throughout the US, it has been estimated that they will only provide less than 3% of our energy production.

Since wind's potential contribution is so small, modest conservation would avoid the adverse impacts of wind energy development, according to National Wind Watch.

Oregon green energy tax breaks
face sweeping changes, cutbacks

Harry Esteve  June 9, 2011
published in The Oregonian

Editors note:  This article discusses Oregon House Bill 3671

excerpt:  "As written, the bill would stop the practice of subsidizing half the construction cost of wind and solar energy developers, who receive tens of missions of dollars worth of tax credit."
Here's the link to the full article

Fund Raising to STOP B2H
Stop Boardman to Hemingway Transmission Line
12-1-19 Fuji Kreider   Stop B2H

We are grateful for all the East Oregonians who stepped-up this year! 

Record numbers spoke-out at the State’s Public Hearings & comment period. 

In advance of “Giving Tuesday” this year, we want to say, THANK YOU,

for all that you have given to Protect Our Land and Preserve Our Heritage!


In celebration of Giving Tuesday, we’d like to share these slideshows & videos.

Click on the links.  Hope you enjoy them…

THANK YOU Eastern Oregon!  Silent slide show of 10 memorable images from 2019.  
The Towers:  Before & After… A collection of B2H tower renditions created by professional artists made to           scale.  Imagine 1200 of 'em; 40 feet deep cement pads (4 per tower); 1/2 acre footprint per tower...
What’s the B2H?  A brief overview of the Stop B2H Coalition by The East Oregonian.
Protect the Oregon Trail – Stop the B2H!  A short slide show featuring the Oregon California Trails Association and STOP B2H volunteers marking the trail near Blue Mtn Crossing.

As many of you know by now, the Stop B2H Coalition has filed a suit in federal court to force the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the US Forest Service to conduct a supplemental study on the Boardman to Hemingway Transmission Project.  New routes, introduced by Idaho Power, were not adequately studied back in 2015.  In addition, new information about climate, sage grouse, wildfire, geology, and more, uncovered by the Stop B2H volunteer researchers this past summer, have created a need for further (supplemental) environmental study.  Listen to this interview of Jim Kreider, Stop B2H Co-Chairperson, to learn more about the litigation. 

We’ve moved into a new phase, an expensive phase, in our battle to Stop the B2H Transmission Line.  We hope that you will continue your generosity this coming December 3rd on Giving Tuesday

Donations can be made on line via our website, here.  or, they may be mailed to:

Stop B2H Coalition

60366 Marvin Road; La Grande, OR 97850

StopB2H Coalition is a 501c3 tax-exempt organization; all donations are tax-deductable.

County meetings in -- 
June 18, 2019 Tuesday 4:30 PM - 8 PM Ontario
June 19, 2019 Wednesday 4:30 PM - 8 PM Baker
June 20, 2019 Thursday 4:30 PM - 8 PM La Grande
June 26, 2019 Wednesday 4:30 PM - 8 PM Pendleton
June 27, 2019 Thursday 4:30 PM - 8 PM Boardman Ontario on June 18,
Written Public comments encouraged. 

Public Hearings and Comment Period for the
Boardman to Hemingway Transmission Line Draft Proposed Order (DPO)
5-24-19 Fuji Kreider   Stop B2H

The State of Oregon Energy Facilities Siting Council (EFSC) will hold a public hearing on the
draft proposed order in each of the counties the proposed facility c,rosses. Each hearing will begin at 4:30 PM and will include a brief introduction by ODOE staff and directions from an independent hearing officer, appointed by EFSC.

Written comments to be included in the record of the public hearings must be received by the Department no later than July 23, 2019 at 5 PM (PDT). Written comments may be submitted prior to, during, and after the public hearings, by mail, email, hand-delivery or fax to the hearing officer, in care of:

Kellen Tardaewether, Senior Siting Analyst
Oregon Department of Energy
550 Capitol St. N.E.
Salem, OR 97301

Phone: 503-373-0214
Fax: 503-378-6457

"How to Guide" to prepare your comments at
Stop B2H Coalition encourages everyone to check out our website:

There are no surprises about the state's recommendaiton to issue a site certificate --- Remember, this is NOT a DONE DEAL.  We need everyone to stick with this!  We will have more updates on the specifics of the Draft Proposed Order (DPO) very soon!    Stay tuned and Be Prepared ...
Join us!  We need your energy and ideas!   Together we can Stop B2H !
Meeting of Stop B2H Outreach Team
4-9-19 Fuji Kreider   Stop B2H

Meetings on 2nd Tuesday of every month 6:30  PM at Oregon Rural Action Office 1112 1/2 Adams, La Grande, Or.   See FGRV calendar contact info.  

The Stop B2H Coalition is a political, grassroots organization of nearly 400 individuals and a growing number of member organizations. Our purpose is to fight the proposed B2H transmission line through NE Oregon. B2H is a 500 kV line that will connect Boardman, OR to Hemingway, ID. This line will consist of 1200 towers as high as 200′, spanning 305 miles, and requiring a minimum 250’-wide clear cut.

Article 52 Proposed Revision

                    Commercial Wind Power Generation Facility Siting Requirements

                                                  Proposed Revision

2-8-19   FGRV committee has worked for months to present this Proposed Revision

    There will be a work session meeting with the Union County Planning Commission to review the proposed revisions to the Union County Article 52 (Commercial Wind Power Generation Facility Requirements).  The proposed revisions were drafted by a FGRVC committee composed of Jed Farmer, Ray Randall, John Milbert and Chuck LeBold.
    The work session will be a public meeting on February 25th at 7:00PM in the Planning Committee meeting room at 1001 4th Street in LaGrande.
    It is expected that it will take more than one meeting to arrive at a revised Article 52 to present to the UBOC (Union Count Board Of Commissioners) for approval. 
    Here is the link to the full 12 page Proposed Revision

Update on Summit Ridge wind project

2-8-19 from Nathan Baker - Friends of the Columbia Gorge

I am writing with a quick update on the Summit Ridge wind project.  

In response to the lawsuit filed by Friends of the Columbia Gorge and Oregon Wild, plus the public comments received to date, the applicant (Pattern Energy) and the Oregon Department of Energy have agreed to revert back to “Type A” review for this project. This means there will now be a public hearing and an opportunity for interested persons to request a contested case. We have won this round, but the rest is yet to come…. 

The EFSC hearing will be February 22 in The Dalles, and written comments can be submitted until the hearing. See public notice attached and below.

We will revise our sample comment letter and circulate a new version. Stay tuned……

Nathan Baker, Senior Staff Attorney
Friends of the Columbia Gorge


B2H Coalition  Fall Update

October 2018 by Stop B2H

Prevent a 300 mile invasion 500kv transmission line across Eastern Oregon
PDF of this B2H Coalition Fall Update - send to others

B2H Application Ready for Review State of Oregon Siting Process Proceeds!

A Week on the Road with ODOE and Idaho Power?

 Yes it’s true.  STOP B2H Coalition attended four of the five meetings hosted by Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE) and Idaho Power the week of October 15th.  Even though these were not public hearings, the region turned-out good crowds. The meetings, called “Information Sessions,” were held in the five-counties that the Boardman to Hemingway (B2H) 500kv line would cross, to inform people about the next steps in the approval and permitting processes. 

 By night four, we strangely felt like we were “on the road” with the Idaho Power and ODOE staff.  While initially awkward, by the end (in Pendleton) we all had each other’s elevator speeches and Q & A lines down. We were able to freely engage in the conversations and Q&A period. The meeting in La Grande was probably the most frustrating in that the echo in the room and lack of microphones left many unable to hear. Also, the Q&A period was not long enough given the size of the audience.  Regardless, people got the message about Process!

And “process” was what their message was about…   
Main message: 
If you DO NOT write or testify during this public comment/hearing timeframe, you LOSE ANY RIGHTS OR STANDING to continue in their process and qualify to file for a “contested case,” which is like to continue an appeal.  We anticipate the hearings by first quarter or half of 2019. 

Our job in this next phase to Stop B2H has been made clear:  Prepare for the Public Hearings.

While Process was the Topic of the Meetings—

People Wanted to Talk about the Project!

 No surprises that at every meeting we attended, Idaho Power was challenged about their need for the project.  This has been a constant and increasing theme as the realities of climate change and our energy future are becoming mainstream conversations.  Continuous reduction in prices of renewable energy and consumer demands for greener and fossil-free energy are driving the narrative and business realities of the future. Green energy jobs would be more plentiful than a hand-full of transmission jobs. Smaller micro and campus-scale grids are more secure: less risk of wildfire and cyber attack. Commercial and industrial customers can use Combined Heat and Power (CHP) technologies to create electricity, usually at rates below what the utility charges, and sell it on the energy market. This reduces energy need, creates energy independence in the region, and saves money--saving jobs and the environment!

East Oregonians were encouraging Idaho Power to build their own, using their resources and solar-friendly climate to create jobs for Idahoans.  Unfortunately, Idaho Power is not going to give up their guaranteed 6.7% profits for the good of the people and planet! 

Other issues were certainly discussed related to private land takings, wildfire risks, the Oregon Trail and more!  The lists below are a summary of the main concerns expressed either at the meetings and/or during the open house periods for each county. 

Week in a nutshell:

Malheur Co:  approx 35 people (12-13 staff of IPC or ODOE) 

Main issues:

o   Private farms west of Vale

o   Irrigation/water line which is too close to B2H that maintenance and repairs could be restricted

o   Oregon Trail around Birch Creek

o   21 Noise exceedances that will need a variance from DEQ rules

o   Possible environmental justice concerns

o   Fire/wildfire

 Baker Co:  approx 50 people (12 staff)

            Main issues:

o   National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center and viewshed

o   Lack of Need: distributed energy and distribution; want a poll of customers--would people pay more?

o   Sage Grouse and mitigation

o   Fire/wildfire and county preparedness                      

o   Possible environmental justice concerns (Durkee area)          Viewshed from Interpretive Center with 2 B2H towers (produced by Idaho Power)   

 Union Co:  approx 70 people (9 staff)

            Main issues:

o   Lack of Need: distributed energy and distribution; Idaho can build their own & it’s the future!

o   Viewshed and towers; re-conductoring the current towers (go smart); removing current line

o   Why not the federal route, the BLM’s Environmentally Preferred route?

o   City of La Grande being removed as a Special Advisory Group (SAG)      

o   Oregon Trail disturbances (& Baker Co’s Interpretive Center)

o   EOU viewshed and research areas (“rural university”)

o   Noise                                                                          

o   Fire/wildfire and liability

o   Slopes, unstable soils

o   Morgan Lake and tourism

o   Timber cuts

 Umatilla Co:  approx 40 people (8 staff)

            Main issues:

o   Fire/wildfire and county preparedness; and liability

o   Noise  (humans and livestock)

o   EMF (electro-magnetic fields) effect on both humans and livestock

o   Oregon Trail—especially in Baker Co

o   Lack of Need: distributed energy and distribution; solar and storage going down in price

o   No “off-ramps” of energy for five counties crossed by line

o   Taxes (not very clear and Id Power says that they’ll get us more information)

o   Possible tribal concerns

o   Lack of notifications to landowners and the public

 Morrow Co:  We did not attend this meeting (It was at the same time as the Pendleton one); so, no report.

Common concerns are fairly well covered in the ODOE/Energy Facility Siting Council (EFSC) standards, such as geology, soils, wildlife, public services, noise, etc.  But, the problem with minimum standards is that eventually, the developer will meet them and the project will be approved. We need to drill down deep and find areas of non-compliance!  We need to find areas where if it were to be approved, we want conditions to be placed on them or certain mitigations required!  We believe that conditions and mitigations will increase costs and make the project more risky for the developer.  NO STONE UNTURNED!

 This link to the ODOE slides might not say much if you were not present at the meetings; however, this slide (p13) about how to make comments with “sufficient specificity” is informative.  We have asked the ODOE staff for a sample of comments that have gone to contested case so we can model them. 

Effective Comments

Referencing specific siting standards & providing specific information supporting whether or not a standard has been met

Stating supporting facts in comments & attaching reference materials

Referencing specific pages or sections of the application or Draft Proposed Order (DPO)

Less Effective

Stating support or opposition to a facility

Only providing a copy of a report without presenting any analysis or facts related to compliance with a standard

Raising issues outside of EFSC’s jurisdiction

Making unsubstantiated statements

The slide on pp. 7 and 14 show where we are in the state EFSC Process. Another graphic, here, shows the same. You will see that our next (and only) Public Comment/Hearing will be coming with the issuance of the “Draft Proposed Order.”  This is expected in early 2019.  Be Ready!

GET READY:  Gear-Up NOW for the State’s Review!

Have you seen the mock tower silhouette on the hillside above la Grande?  Thx to member, Peter Barry and other brave worker bees, the tower was finished on October 7th and has brought incredible attention and newly activated interest!  Check out all the action on Facebook: videos, photos, news clips and more!  @stopb2h


Seriously, we NEED YOU! 

It will take more than a village to Win and achieve our Mission

Check out the WANTED poster on the last page!

In the Meantime…!

We are orgnizing research teams to take all the components of the application apart for analysis.  Can you help?  Take just one section or two?  Help with coorinating the teams or collating the summaries from the teams?  However YOU think YOU can help - we can find a place for YOU and your interests and skills.  Please reply and I'll give you a call to discuss.  Thx in advance, Fuji


·        Researchers & Research Teams:  read and summarize topics, as we prepare for public testimony for the Energy Facility Siting Council Public Hearings and Comment Period.  There are so many various topics related to the B2H, that something should float your boat?  Let’s meet and discuss your interests.


Not a researcher?  What about:

·         Outreach & Actions: creativity is wide-open here!  There have been many good ideas—and you surely have more--we just don’t have the folks to do it all.  signs, theater, march, actions…  We need your help & ideas!

·         Conference organizers:  we are planning a small conference this spring and need help with logistics!

·         Social media posting:  help keep our Facebook page active!

·         Writers:  again, with so many options, something should interest you? Newsletter stories, flyers, letters to the editor

·         Administrative: data entry, bookkeeping, simple reports, thank you notes, searching county records…

·         Donations—money always helps! As we get closer to possible litigation, we’ll be Fun(d)Raising more.

The time is now to ACT – please consider contacting Fuji Kreider:  to discuss your interests, skills and availability to lend a hand.  As volunteers ourselves, we are sensitive to being sure that you enjoy what you are doing and that you only take on as much as you can or are willing.  We will be most effective when we find the right fit for our tasks and when we contribute what we can—no matter how big or how little.  We Need You!     

On behalf of the STOP B2H Coalition,  THANKS to all of our recent Donors!

Your support enables us to get the word out on B2H and hire experts to help us with our research and testimony.

THANKS to Copies Plus of La Grande, 1904 Adams Avenue! 

Copies Plus has consistently helped our Coalition with reduced printing costs for all of our work.

THANKS to ALL who came out to the Information Meetings last week!

Contact the Stop B2H Coalition:


To stop the approval and construction of an unneeded 305 mile, 500 kv transmission line through Eastern Oregon and Western Idaho, thereby: protecting environmental, historical and cultural resources; preventing degradation of timber and agricultural lands and the Oregon National Historic Trail; promoting energy conservation and acknowledging the past decade’s revolutionary developments in renewable energy, energy storage and distribution.

Recommended Changes and Clarifications
by Irene Gilbert FGRV / Legislative Analyst 6-6-18

For your reading pleasure:
if you are interested in the issues I identified by looking through the current requests for amended site certificates that relate to how ODOE defines energy facilities;
and how they process requests for changing site certificates including adding new developments to existing site certificates through their new amendment rules. 
Recommended Changes and Clarifications to Energy Facility Definition

Suffice to say that if the legislature does not address these problems or the appeal of the rules is not successful, this state is in trouble. 

The legislature would be well served by considering how their statute which does not allow a determination of need for wind or solar developments combined with the 100% approval of all requests going to ODOE and the fact that they do not consider hydro-power as renewable is impacting Bonneville Power.  They are having serious and increasing financial problems since they are unable to compete with industrial wind developments with their subsidized energy production and because of the over development of large wind and solar in Oregon there are no customers for Bonneville to sell the uncontracted energy they produce and rely upon to be financially stable. 

There seems to be the belief that a bunch of high voltage transmission lines like B2H will open up new wholesale markets, but other areas are also busy building and energy consumption is not growing.  A crisis is brewing due to unmanaged energy development not even considering the resource impacts it is having on this state.

Type B Amendment = No Public Comment on Additions
by Irene Gilbert FGRV / Legislative Analyst 4-26-18
included are 2 PDFs Irene sent to Energy Facility Siting Council

Since the Oregon Department of Energy developed their new Amendment rules, they decide what amendment process to go through before the public is even told anything about what they are doing.  The new rules also say that the public has no right to appeal the decision that is made regarding what amendment procedure is used.

In the Type B Amendment process that developers request there is no opportunity for the public to ask for a contested case.  If the public disagrees with the decision that the Oregon Department of Energy makes on any items the public has to appeal directly to the Oregon Court of Appeals.

Let's all hope that the appeal of the new rules that has been filed by nine groups regarding the removal of the public from the "public processes" is heard soon and the groups win.

PDF re: significant adverse impacts of Wheatridge wind development's request for Type B Amendment
PDF re: significant adverse impacts of NextEra Energy / Stateline wind development's request for Type B Amendment

Todd and Janine:
I am requesting that the attached two documents (links above) be provided to the Energy Facility Siting Council (EFSC) regarding that these requests of amendments by developers be processed as Type B Amendments.

Isabell Hernandez and Senator Olsen:
Please see that these two documents (links above) are posted and available to the members of your committee.  They are examples of the types of requests that are being made for the use of the Type B Amendment Procedure which denies the public the opportunity to have a contested case procedure.  If these requests are approved, the only opportunity the public will have to object to the decisions of the Oregon Department of Energy and Energy Facility Siting Council decisions will be by filing an appeal with the Oregon Court of Appeals at exorbitant cost to any member of the public or public agency who does not agree with the decisions made. 

All of a sudden there is a major increase in requests for changes without filing any amendment request, as well as these types. The new Amendment Rules seem to be encouraging developers to file amendments   It appears there will be a significant increase in the Oregon Department of Energy budget since there are now 10 developments being reviewed by the Energy Facility Siting Division and they will be collecting the costs of their work from all of them.  I would think the legislature would want to exert some control over the agency writing rules that increase their budget absent any control by the legislature or the public since these increased energy costs will be passed on to the consumers.

B2H OCTA poster

OCTA Conference (Oregon California Trail Association)  @ EOU May 5, 2018
submitted by Stop B2H   4-3-18 

Artifacts and Tales of the Trail, celebration of the Oregon Trail
Saturday, May 5, 9:30 AM - 3 PM at EOU's Huber Auditorium.

Tales of Oregon Trail travelers and of Ezra Meeker, who committed yeas to preserving evidence of the beloved trail, will be brought to life. 

Sharon Hohstadt, past president of Union County's Museum Board, will display and discuss artifacts brought by early Union County families.  Current efforts to preserve the trail in our area will be recognized. $15 for a day of fascinating local history includes a deli lunch.  Sponsored by Oregon California Trail Association.

Calendar & Events has location and more info on this event.
Union Commissioners Work Shop on Article 52
ARTICLE 52.00 Commercial Wind Power Generation Faciity Siting Requirements
from Ray Randall 04-17-18

Our Union County Commissioners held a work session on April 11 during which Article 52 was discussed.  I feel obligated to report on it.

Scott Hartell (Union County planner) introduced the matter and asked that the commission provide some guidance.  He acknowledged that a group of '4 citizens' had offered a new draft of Article 52 and one part of that draft called for a two-mile setback between any wind tower and any residence.  Scott had used GIS mapping with all residences super-imposed for the whole county to demonstrate that the setbacks would mean there likely would be only a couple of significant spots of several hundred acres each available for wind projects.  He also provided a map showing wildlife restrictions for ODFW Category I and Category II Habitat which our group or '4 citizens' believes should be avoided at all cost.  Both maps were provided to the commissioners but no one else.  Generally speaking, the commission expressed some concern that the two-mile setback may not be "doable" but they made no decision.  

The '4 citizens' voiced opinions to the commission and Scott Hartell.  None of that generated much discussion.

Ultimately the county people agreed that Scott should invite the group of  '4 citizens' in for a discussion to fully understand our varying positions.  So we are not exactly encouraged, but not ready to concede, either.  

We have no idea how soon Scott may want to talk.  We see no advantage in rushing it at this time  In the meantime I will request multiple copies of both of the county maps that were mentioned earlier.

Ray Randall       member of  Friends of Grande Ronde Valley (FGRV) 

submitted by Stop B2H  4-3-18


Write Now: Oregon Public Utility Commission!



a 300 mile invasive 500kv transmission line across Eastern Oregon


Please submit a Letter to the Oregon Public Utility Commission (OPUC) on

Idaho Power’s Plan for the Boardman to Hemingway Transmission Line

(Subject:  Idaho Power IRP—docket# LC68)


B2H before &
                                              after entering LG B2H Heli tower repair

Submit your letter electronically to:  and
cc: the commissioners directly at:;;

or, snail mail:
Public Utility Commission of Oregon 

PO Box 1088 
Salem, OR 97308-1088 


Tips for Letter Writing:

·         Address your letter to the Oregon Public Utility Commission as a whole; and copy each Commissioner.

·         Subject:  Idaho Power 2017 IRP (LC68)

·         Choose one or more points from the “Talking Points” (linked.) Best to use your own words!

Be respectful and address the commissioners as someone that can solve our problem. E.g.: “I am concerned that in Idaho Power’s 2017 IRP (LC68), they have/have not….  (tip: OPUC is primarily concerned with costs and risk.)  If you prefer a sample letter, write to us: we can help! An addressed template is below.

·         Request/Closing:  Ask the commissioners to Not Acknowledge Action Item #6 which says, "Conduct preliminary construction activities, acquire long-lead materials, and construct the B2H project."  Idaho Power further states, "The Commission's acknowledgement of Idaho Power's acquisition of B2H in the Action Plan will serve as the Company's satisfaction of EFSC's "Need" standard under its Least Cost Plan Rule." Acknowledging action Item #6 will begin construction of the B2H. That would not be a prudent decision considering all of the questionable data and outdated information used by the company in its IRP plan. (Also, based on your points, above, you may request that they reconsider other Idaho Power planning data and information.)

·         Recognize the Commissioners as our (potential) “heroes & defenders” They are the only ones who can protect our interests in Oregon!  Our interests are: clean energy, clean air & no coal; energy efficiency & conservation; a distributed grid, low cost & low risk electricity for ratepayers; and protecting our farms & timber resources; and our strong pioneering, Oregon Trail heritage and identity!


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March XX, 2018


Commissioner Hardie, Bloom, and Decker

Public Utility Commission of Oregon 
PO Box 1088 
Salem, OR 97308-1088 


Subject: Idaho Power 2017 IRP (LC68)


Dear Commissioners Hardie, Bloom, and Decker,


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More about Article 52 discussions
March 22, 2018 by Ray Randall

Article 52 is our (Union) county guideline for the siting of any wind farm in Union County.  It will be reanalyzed and modified in the near future.  The County Commission has indicated that they will set some parameters for this process in a work session on April 11, 2018 beginning at 9:00 am and there will be an opportunity for public comment.  The Commission has not yet publicized its April 11th agenda which is not very helpful.  But, for those of us who wish to have a say about wind farms, we must prepare for this potential now.  

The Friends of the Grande Ronde Valley is inviting all interested citizens to an information-sharing session at the Cook Library Community Room on Thursday, April 5, 2018.  The doors will open at 5:30 pm and we hope to finish by 7:00 pm.  If you have concerns about the trashing of our open spaces, please attend.

Ray Randall

Article 52 Proposed Additions / Changes
Submitted to Union County Commissioners
2-24-18 authored by Jed Farmer, John Milbert, Chuck LeBold, Ray Randall; sent to Commissioners January 2018

Union County Article 52  "Therefore, the purpose of this ordinance is to clarify existing rules governing the siting and development of wind generators with the intention to encourage wind power renewable energy resource development."
Proposed Additions / Changes to current Article 52 was Submitted to Union County Commissioners January 2018 by authors Jed Farmer, John Milbert, Chuck LeBold and Ray Randall as members and on behalf of Friends of the Grande Ronde Valley. 
    Set backs is a major part of the proposed changes.  Currently set backs are 1500 feet.  Umatilla County has increased their set back to 2 miles.     
    County Commissioners Work Session April 11th 9 AM agenda will be The Proposed Additions / Changes.  Location of the meeting is Joseph Annex Building 1106 K Ave., La Grande, Oregon. 

public comment for submission for SB 1519 and SB 1537
by Irene Gilbert FGRV / Legislative Analyst February 5, 2018
included is PDF Irene sent to Senator Beyer and Committee members

I am providing this submission to you as my previous comments were written under the belief that these rules were going to remove rule making from the Energy Facility Siting Division and Energy Facility Siting Council. 

Unfortunately, as I found out during public comments today, they exclude this group.  The bills are positive, unfortunately, they do not include the worst offenders.  I certainly hope there is some effort to address the Siting Division this session rather than continuing to allow ODOE to work for developers at the expense of the public.

As long as the governor continues to appoint people to the Energy Facility Siting Council like Marcia Grail who currently works for IBEW 125 and their retirement fund, the only possible way to get a neutral evaluation of developments is through removing control over portions of the process from the Oregon Department of Energy.  I question how impartial a person can be who knows that every time she votes to approve a development, she is making jobs for her employer.  Perhaps someone can find out who vetted Marcia and why they did not question the conflict of interest, or why the governor has insisted that this does not pose a conflict of interest.

Wishing you peace
December 30, 2017