Increases in electricity demand have strained Idaho Power’s existing electrical distribution facilities in the Horseshoe Bend and Garden Valley areas. To continue to provide reliable electric service to our customers, Idaho Power plans to construct a new 34.5-kilovolt (kV) distribution line north of Horseshoe Bend to Garden Valley.
The new line will connect to the existing 34.5-kV line approximately four miles north and one mile east of the Horseshoe Bend Substation, just off Highway 55 on the north side of Horseshoe Bend. It will follow Porter Creek east to Placerville, then turn north along Alder Creek to Garden Valley.
The proposed line route crosses private, state and federal lands. Idaho Power will site the line in an existing distribution line corridor from Horseshoe Bend to Placerville. The majority of work for the Alder Creek segment, with a small exception at the northern end, will require new rights-of-way.
Idaho Power is waiting for approval from the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and Bureau of Land Management to begin preliminary work on the line. Meanwhile, the company continues to work to secure easements. Road construction and tree clearing to prepare for line construction are currently 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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