The Imperial Irrigation District is asking the county Board of Supervisors to grant a right-of-way Tuesday for power lines south of Brawley.
The district wants to locate the power lines through county property at the Imperial Valley Conservation Research Center. The research center opposes locating the power lines at the center.
District officials say new home development and a new addition to Pioneer's Memorial Hospital will require additional power lines to the Panno Substation.
John Grizzle, chairman of the research center's powerline subcommittee, stated in a letter to the district the proposed route is longer and could cost $100,000 more than an alternate route.