Wednesday, July 30, 2014

What’s the case for the redundant power line?


    Regarding the July 25 story “Panel discusses energy, new power line,” I appreciated the informative article on the recent energy panel held in Ketchum, but am disappointed by a contradiction that borders on deception regarding the ostensible purpose of the new (and expensive) power line.
    First, readers are given Karen McCall’s statement that the line is “purely for the occasion when the line goes out and they can’t repair it fast enough,” at which point the reporter states: “That’s what happened during Christmas of 2009.” Although readers are led directly to the conclusion that the new line would have prevented the outage of December 2009, a mere two paragraphs later the paper states accurately that “the [2009] outage would still have occurred.”
    It seems clear, then, that the new power line is meant to address a problem that doesn’t exist, or at least not yet. If there’s a case to be made for a redundant line, that’s fine, but please don’t trot out the 2009 outage as a rationale.
Nathan Kolar
Hailey

    Editor’s note: It is entirely correct that the 2009 outage in the valley would not have been prevented by a redundant line. However, the 2009 event has been used as an example of what could happen in the northern valley if the existing line from Hailey failed.

 




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