EASEMENT FAQs   
  • What about a utility’s right to condemnation, or eminent domain? Do landowners receive compensation for rights of way if their property is acquired this way for a project?
  • Yes, landowners are compensated fair market value for rights of way regardless of how it is acquired. In most cases a mutual agreement is reached with landowners with eminent domain being the option of last resort.

    For more information about the rights of way acquisition process, visit the Working with Landowners page.

  • How does the utility company determine the amount to pay for a right of way?
  • Compensation is determined on an individual basis between the property owner and a right of way representative during the negotiation phase of the project and is based on fair market value.

  • What kind of access for maintenance will be required once the lines and substations are complete?
  • Safety inspections will be performed by an inspector on foot, in a four-wheel drive vehicle or from the air using a helicopter. Predetermined access routes are used to access the facilities for inspections.

    Maintenance requires access to any portion of the line with specialized equipment to allow safe and efficient repair of the facility. Emergency maintenance may require access on an as-needed basis to promptly repair or replace any damaged or missing equipment.

  • What is the benefit to counties or cities for having the lines placed in their jurisdictions?
  • The property tax paid to each county by Idaho Power and/or Rocky Mountain Power is based upon the county's share of each company’s total assessed market value, which is determined by the state taxing agency for its property located throughout the entire state (referred to as the company's state market value). Each county's share or allocation of the company's state market value is based upon the cost of each county’s property investments located in that county. If all other things remain constant, the more property investments the company makes in a county, the more market value it will receive, resulting in additional property tax the company will pay in that county.