We’re making progress on our service area-wide Underground Cable Replacement (UGCR) project.
This project replaces power lines buried in the dirt more than 40 years ago with more modern, reliable lines. We began this project in 2012 and plan to finish in 2035. When we finish, we’ll have upgraded 7,000,000 feet of power lines!
Changes You May Notice
Sometimes, we will need to replace underground equipment with above ground equipment. You will recognize these as pale green, metal boxes that provide a place to route power lines to different paths — sort of like intersections on a street.
Installing above ground equipment will help us more quickly restore power to customers if there’s an outage because they’re easier to access and are also safer for our crews to work on.
Our work may impact landscaping and other customer property, like fencing. In these cases, we will visit with you before working on your property to find the best solution for everyone.
What Customers Are Responsible For
To ensure our crews have safe access to work on the equipment when needed, customers must keep the following distances clear around the above-ground electrical equipment on their property:
- 3 feet from each side
- 10 feet from the front
- 10 feet above the top
See what’s happening underground as Idaho Power works to replace 7 million feet of wire. Lots of drilling and digging over the next several years will improve electric service reliability for our customers!
If you have questions about the project: