Power: One Worth Waiting For

"Decisions on great projects," said Board Chairman Kinsey M. Robinson of the Pacific Northwest Power Co., "are a long time in the making." Take it from one who knows.

For nine years, Robinson and Pacific Northwest, a consortium of four private power firms, have been seeking approval to build a $257 million, 670-ft.-high dam at Mountain Sheep in the middle reaches of the Snake River astride the Oregon-Idaho border. Competing with Pacific Northwest was the Washington Public Power Supply System, a group of 16 public utilities, which offered to build a comparable dam at Mountain Sheep or an even bigger...

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