MORGAN -- Rocky Mountain Power is shopping for two acres of land to build a new substation that will improve electrical service in the county.
County officials are eager to accept the $4 million to $5 million in annual property taxes the new substation could bring in.
"We have a short-term need to build a substation and would like to build in the Croydon area," said Steve Rush, customer and community manager for Rocky Mountain Power. "We are reaching capacity issues, and the closer you are to the source (of electricity), the better your reliability is. It is significantly better."
Rush said potential growth in the county necessitates the new substation: "If we're going to serve growth in the county, that will be the source of the power. You will get it off our transmission line."
If Rocky Mountain Power officials are unable to find a Morgan County location for the substation, they will seek a spot in the Henefer area of Summit County.
County officials want to keep the search within Morgan boundaries.
"If a substation were located in Croydon, it would be beneficial for Morgan County," Morgan County Council Chairman Sid Creager said. "This is a critical piece to bringing businesses into the county."
Creager also noted the need for more reliable power, saying that the area often experiences outages and relies heavily on power infrastructure through Weber Canyon.
Rocky Mountain Power also bought property in Mountain Green that could house another substation in the future.