Like much of the West, eastern Idaho is seeing rapid population and business growth. That growth requires Idaho Power to plan ahead to ensure we can deliver energy where and when it’s needed.
In late 2019 and early 2020, dozens of government officials, business leaders, representatives of conservation groups and other stakeholders helped Idaho Power update its long-term plan for meeting eastern Idaho’s growing energy needs. Their input was vital to the new Eastern Idaho Electrical Plan, which the company finished last week.
The plan identifies transmission lines and substations Idaho Power will need as the area continues to grow. Working in four teams, local leaders identified preferred locations for this infrastructure.
The plan will help Idaho Power follow community priorities, such as avoiding interference with farming or recreation activities, when building lines and substations. A similar process led to the original Eastern Idaho Electrical Plan, published in 2009.