Segment A - Walla Walla to McNary
In order to continue to provide reliable, safe and cost-effective electricity to customers, and support new renewable energy development, Pacific Power will be constructing a new transmission line between its Wallula substation in Washington and McNary substation near Umatilla, Oregon. The transmission line was originally planned to also connect Wallula with an existing substation in Walla Walla. That section, however, is not scheduled to proceed at this time. The 30-mile, 230-kilovolt line between Wallula and McNary will be constructed on a 125-foot-wide right of way. Pacific Power will work to minimize impacts to the community and local environment during project development, construction and maintenance.
- Public outreach – continues through project completion
- Permitting and right-of-way acquisition – 2015-2016
- Construction – 2017
- Line in service for customers – estimated late 2017
Additional Information About the Project
Since 2008, our company has worked with landowners, community members, agencies, tribes and local governments, and conducted engineering, environmental and cultural studies to select a preferred route for the line. This route was submitted to permitting agencies in late 2008, with county conditional use permits issued in early 2009 and a State of Oregon Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity issued in late 2011. The company continues to work with federal agencies to complete those permitting activities and obtain federal rights of way.
In 2009, we decided to move forward with only the 30-mile Wallula to McNary portion of this line based on requests for transmission service. We elected to delay development of the Wallula to Walla Walla portion of the line based on an evaluation of evolving regional transmission and resource plans and the cost-effectiveness of our transmission investments.
In 2013, the project was delayed to allow customers to determine need and commit to moving the project forward. In 2014 customers determined a continued need for the line which prompted the restart of the permitting and right-of-way acquisition activities. We will reinitiate the federal, county and local permitting processes and public outreach activities in 2015. Please check back periodically for updates.
Public involvement is an important part of our project, and we welcome it at all stages of transmission line development. From 2008-2013, our company gathered input about the project through public, group and individual meetings, and local agencies conducted public meetings and comment periods during their permitting processes. Now that we are reinitiating project development, we will host additional public meetings in 2015 and will continue to provide project materials and newsletters to landowners and other interested parties.
To contact us about this project, please call toll free at 1-877-620-7678 or email ConstructionProjects@pacificorp.com. Please be sure to include the project name – "Walla Walla to McNary" – in your inquiry.
(Updated January 26, 2015)