Thursday, June 11, 2009

Talk to Idaho Power

Posted By on Thu, Jun 11, 2009 at 9:02 AM

The Ada County Commissioners will host a town hall meeting in Kuna tonight to discuss Idaho Power and Rocky Mountain Power's Gateway West transmission line project.

The power companies want to build 1,150 miles of transmission lines between Glenrock, Wyo. and Murphy, Id. Both utilities as well as the Bureau of Land Management will update the commissioners on the project and take questions from the public tonight with an open house starting at 6 p.m. at Kuna High School, 637 Deer Flat Road in Kuna. Public questions begin at 7 p.m.

People in Kuna and Parma have raised significant concerns about the erection of high voltage power lines over their towns and both city councils have registered opposition to Gateway West and the now-delayed Boardman (Ore.) to Hemingway (near Murphy) transmission line.

Idaho Power also filed a report with the Security and Exchange Commission indicating that it plans to push ahead with a new 300 megawatt gas-fired power plant at Langley Gulch in Payette County. A large group of Idaho Power customers and environmental groups has challenged the Langley Gulch proposal before the Idaho Public Utilities Commission.

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