|Highline utility plant growth highlighted|
|Written by Brenda Johnson Brandt|
An aggressive construction work plan is in place for Highline Electric Association for the next five years. Details were shared with members by HEA manager Mark Farnsworth at the 76th anniversary annual meeting held March 25 at the Phillips County Event Center in Holyoke.
Members in attendance enjoyed a meal and drawing for numerous nice door prizes.
Utility plant growth over the past five years shows HEA has spent an average of $2.6 million a year in new and rebuilt plant. In 2013, spending on plant increased by $4.5 million.
While it is the plan to change out a certain portion of the utility plant on a yearly basis, Farnsworth pointed out that they’re now beginning to replace some poles from 1977. That was the year that a spring storm took down much of the utility system.
Additionally, Highline is doing a major change-out of substation transformers in the Lamar, Alvin and Crete substations in Nebraska.
Farnsworth said they ordered a new substation transformer for the Lamar substation, moved the Lamar substation transformer to Alvin and the Alvin substation transformer to Crete.
The irrigation load from those three substations has grown to the point that all three transformers were very close to their limits.
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