Wyoming Utility Energizes Buried Lines Connecting Teton Village
JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. (AP) — A utility says electricity is now running through transmission lines that were buried after a storm cut power to a western Wyoming town earlier this year.
Lower Valley Energy last week energized the buried power lines connecting Teton Village.
The utility buried the lines along Wyoming Highway 390 in June following the February storm that knocked down lines, leaving the town without power for more than four days.
Utility officials say the storm marked the worst disaster in the 80-year history of the energy cooperative.
Officials say having the lines buried should decrease the risk of outages and possible damage by wind, ice and trees.
However, burying lines costs nearly three times as much as overhead lines.