Teton Village/Airport Update – 1:26pm
Jackson, WY (2-8-17 1:26 pm) Why So Long To Restore Power To Teton Village?
The 17 collapsed steel poles feeding Teton Village are high voltage transmission lines. Most of the power lines you see in our service territory are smaller distribution lines – when distribution lines go down we can more easily re-route power to energize the affected areas. Transmission lines feed large amounts of power to our substations, which are then distributed out to our customers. When the transmission system fails for whatever reason, the line needs to be entirely repaired (versus re-routing power).
We are currently replacing the 17 steel transmission poles with temporary wooden poles. We are hoping we can complete this task earlier than the estimate of 5-7 days. We have the manpower and equipment assistance of 5 neighboring utilities: High Plains Power, Idaho Falls Power, Fall River Rural Electric, Bonneville Power, and Wasatch Energy, along with the crews from the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.