Planning Commission Considers Application To Build High Power Electrical Lines Through Heber Valley

Oct 24, 2018

Credit Heber Light and Power

Heber Light and Power Company and Rocky Mountain Power return to the Wasatch Planning Commission on Thursday to request a Conditional Use Permit for the construction of the Jordanelle-Midway Transmission Line continuation through the Heber Valley. A citizens group known as VOLT wants people to know about the special work session and to encourage citizens to show up at the planning meeting. Last December, the Planning Commission asked the applicants to return with more information including studies evaluating the costs of burying some of the lines. Carolyn Murray has this:

Heber Light and power is an Interlocal utility owned and operated by the cities of Heber, Midway and Charleston.

The partnership between HLP and RMP to run high power transmission lines through the Heber Valley activated a citizen group to organize and speak out in opposition to the project. Previous city leaders who were on the HLP Board agreed to allow 100-foot towers to be installed from the Jordanelle Dam to the Midway substation totaling about 10 miles. The lines would allow a power transmission loop for Rocky Mountain Power to supply Wasatch Front customers as well as a back-up energy supply for the communities in Wasatch County that are part of the HLP Interlocal.

 The Wasatch Planning Commission will address the issues regarding the Conditional Use Permit application in a special work session scheduled for 6 pm on Thursday at the Wasatch County Council Chambers located at 25 North Main Street in Heber. The meeting is a work session and discussion. The public are invited to attend but no public comment period is scheduled.