01/15/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 01/14/2020 19:10
The Bonneville Power Administration and Lower Valley Energy recently took a new collaborative approach to building a 24-mile transmission line in southeastern Idaho.
The line, called Hooper Springs, was needed to address reliability concerns and keep the power flowing in an area where winter temperatures often drop below zero. After years of planning, environmental analysis and negotiations with landowners to secure land rights, BPA was poised to begin construction in 2017 - until LVE approached BPA with a unique proposal. LVE asked to build the line itself, using easements BPA had already acquired. The approach took advantage of the utility's local expertise to build the project more efficiently.