- James Blinn - 123RF
The much-debated proposal to construct a second transmission line through Ketchum, linking Hailey and Sun Valley, may see the light of day as early as the end of August.
Each December, Wood River Valley residents fear a repeat incident of the massive Christmas blackout of 2009 that left nearly 17,000 people in the dark. According to Idaho Power spokeswoman Lynette Standley, discussions about redundancy predated the blackout.
"But that's an expensive project," Standley told Boise Weekly in 2015.
A second 138,000-volt line could cost as much as $30 million with overhead lines stretching from the Wood River substation in Hailey to St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center, then running underground through Ketchum and Sun Valley. The underground cost alone could cost anywhere from $2.7 million to $7.9 million—a price tag that would fall on the shoulders of local taxpayers.