Three counties back San Luis Valley power line |

Three counties back San Luis Valley power line

ALAMOSA, Colo. (AP) – Three southern Colorado counties are backing a proposal to build a new power transmission line in the San Luis Valley.

Commissioners from San Luis, Rio Grande and Saguache counties told state regulators Tuesday night that the line will help make sure power is supplied to the valley’s 3,000 farm sprinklers. They say outages can cause expensive crop losses.

Some landowners and conservation groups have criticized the proposed line, which would cross La Veta Pass. Its 150-foot towers would be built in pristine valleys and mountains, including areas near Great Sand Dunes National Park.

Xcel Energy and Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association say the line will supply electricity to the region as well as move solar and wind energy to the Front Range.