Monday, July 29, 2013

Rocky Mountain Power sees new breakthrough in substation talks

Rocky Mountain Power is considering an option to expand its electricity capabilities in Park City without having to increase the space where the substation off Bonanza Drive is situated.

It was an unexpected statement from Rocky Mountain Power after months of tense talks about the substation that centered on an apparent need for more space for an expanded substation.

In an interview, a Rocky Mountain Power official heavily involved in the discussions in Park City said there are talks underway with officials in Heber that could result in the company not needing some of the transmission-line upgrades previously discussed in Park City.

Steve Rush, the customer and community manager for Rocky Mountain Power, said a deal is possible with Heber leaders to rebuild 10 miles of transmission lines from the Jordanelle Reservoir to Midway.

If that occurs, he said, Rocky Mountain Power could expand the capacity of the existing lines into Park City. The power poles in Park City would not need to be replaced with taller ones, he said. Park Record