New homes going up throughout the west end of Duchesne County mean that lots of new electrical distribution lines are going up as well.
Over the past few weeks Moon Lake Electric Association has processed about 60 new applications for service. The majority of the new hook-ups are concentrated in the Strawberry Valley and Fruitland areas."So far this year, Moon Lake has built 41 miles of new line; typically our construction schedule calls for about half that amount," said Russell Cowan, member-relations manager for Moon Lake. "From January to September we've connected 240 new accounts; we're anticipating about 280 by years end. In 1995 we had 300 new accounts."
New homes are going up in the Roosevelt and Duchesne areas as well, but the construction in the cities doesn't compare with the activity in the county's more remote areas. While western Du-chesne County has always been a popular recreation spot, more and more people are moving to the remote area to live on a year-round basis. Moon Lake Electric has a total of 13,600 consumers from the top of Daniel's Canyon to an area approximately 30 miles east of Rangley, Colo.
Since 1993 the number of residential consumers has grown by more than 800, and irrigation consumers grew by 40. The number of large power accounts served by Moon Lake decreased slightly, but the loss "doesn't raise a red flag," said Cowan.
Moon Lake Electric gets the majority of its power from Deseret Generation and Trans-mission's Bonanza Power Plant in Uintah County and the remainder from the Western Area Power Administration, operators of facilities such as the Flaming Gorge Dam generation station.