Lower Valley Energy has energized an underground transmission line.
The work began 10 months ago when Teton Village suffered a 5-day power outage due to a winter storm. Seventeen steel transmission poles were blown down in the February storm. It was the worst disaster in the cooperative’s 80-year history.
With the help of other utilities in Idaho and Wyoming, Lower Valley put up 26 temporary wooden structures.
The buried line involved a nationwide bidding process. It includes 12 massive underground vaults, concrete ducted conduit, massive new transmission cable, and huge splices.
A temporary line will remain in place through the winter and removed next spring.