Utility Says Utah’s $4.5M Demand Is Stalling Power Lines

Law360, New York (April 10, 2012, 7:57 PM EDT) -- A MidAmerican Energy Co. utility sued Utah on Monday over the state's demand that it pay $4.5 million to build transmission lines across state property, claiming Utah is overvaluing its interest in the land by more than 6,000 percent.

PacifiCorp is asking a federal court to allow it to construct and maintain a 500-kilovolt line on lands in Tooele County. The property is held in trust by Utah and managed by the state's School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration, according to PacifiCorp's complaint.

The Portland, Ore.-based...
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