Power to the people: 7-mile project offers Southeast Valley energy solution, SRP says

The proposed route of the 230-kilovolt power line is in green. / Submitted graphic / Queen Creek Independent 

Disclosure: Rose Law Group represents a large group of dairymen in Mesa on placement of this power line

By Richard H. Dyer | Queen Creek Independent

Salt River Project is seeking to construct a 7-mile overhead 230-kilovolt power line along a half-mile stretch of Crismon Road into Queen Creek and the rest in southeast Mesa. Meetings are to be held in September to solicit local residents’ input on the project, which also includes a 230/69-kV receiving station.

“We have a lot of our industrial customers in kind of that southern portion of Mesa that we need to serve and then, of course, in Queen Creek, lots of development happening with Barney Homes, Fulton Homes, Shea Homes,” Grant Smedley, SRP project manager and director of power delivery engineering, said at the Aug. 15 Queen Creek Town Council meeting.

“Lots of residential development and, of course, in your General Plan, a desire to attract more high-tech software IT companies, manufacturing. All of that really leads to our desire to really bolster our system in this area,” he said.