Rising energy demand has strained existing power lines and other equipment in the Horseshoe Bend and Garden Valley areas. To continue our tradition of reliable, affordable service, Idaho Power plans to build a new 34.5-kilovolt (kV) distribution line north of Horseshoe Bend to Garden Valley.
The new line will connect to an existing 34.5-kV line about four miles north and one mile east of the Horseshoe Bend Substation near Highway 55 on the north side of Horseshoe Bend. It will follow Porter Creek east to Placerville and then turn north along Alder Creek to Garden Valley.
The proposed line route crosses private, state and federal lands. Idaho Power plans to build the segment between Horseshoe Bend and Placerville along an existing distribution line. Most of the work for the Alder Creek segment will require new rights-of-way.
Idaho Power will begin preliminary work on the line after receiving approval from the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and U.S. Bureau of Land Management. Meanwhile, the company is working to obtain easements across private land the line will cross. Road construction and tree clearing — necessary preparation for the line — are scheduled to start in 2020. Line construction is scheduled to start in 2021, with completion in 2022.
- USFS Decision: 2019 or 2020
- Easements Completed: 2020
- Road Construction and Tree Clearing: 2020
- Line Construction: 2021-2022
- Line In-Service: 2022
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