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December 6, 2013

SVEC adds new substation near catalyst site

Live Oak — A substation on 185th Road in Northwest Suwannee County is now up and running, according to Suwannee Valley Electric Cooperative Community Relations Manager Tom Tuckey. Adding a substation has been in the works since April of 2013. On November 18, a south circuit was energized and is serving approximately 700 customers.

“The recently constructed substation on 185th Road will benefit the consumers in that area of the county by improving the reliability to existing consumers, as well as providing a distribution circuit to the catalyst site,” said Tuckey. “Along with serving the catalyst site, the substation will serve an average of 1,550 households and businesses in that area, and if necessary, it can serve 3,300 on an emergency basis.”

According to Tuckey, the distribution substation plays the role of converting high voltage power from the transmission grid to the distribution system that allows consumers to get power at a useful voltage through the cooperative facilities.

The substation equipment includes power transformers, regulators, switching equipment and breakers, along with communication equipment that allows the utility to control and monitor the facility. The substation will also include a drive-in bay for a portable substation placement to increase reliability during maintenance projects

“It’s a work in progress,” Tuckey said.

Within the next 12 months, additional circuits will be energized. The project is expected to be completed by November of 2014. Tuckey said when the substation is completed, it will provide improved quality of service to their members in this service area, while meeting future electricity demand requirements for years to come.

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