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4/2/2013 4:31:00 PM
Entiat PUD substation completed

Michelle Lovato
Staff Writer

The Chelan County PUD completed its final step on the Entiat Valley electric service updates with a short-term power outage April 1.
The construction project, undergone throughout the past year in the Entiat Valley, included the construction of a new substation, switchyard and transmission line, according to a Chelan County PUD press release.
The April 1 power outage served to connect the new substation to its connected transmission line, a 5.8-mile connector from the Crum Canyon Substation to the new switchyard built along Highway 97A north of Entiat.
The new substation allowed PUD crews the capacity to allow additional growth in the area, the press release said. It also offers future power-outage customers a faster return to service and an alternative power route.
The PUD has about 940 customers in the city of Entiat and up the Entiat Valley.
PUD Project Manager George Valazquez said the 10-year project cost about $9 million which included planning design, permitting, land acquisitions, materials and construction.
Switchyard construction began in spring 2012, followed by the construction on the 115-kilovolt transmission line in late April 2012.
The new line is in the same corridor as transmission lines that carry power from Grand Coulee Dam to the Everett area and from Chief Joseph Dam to Monroe. The route follows a remote ridge top from the switchyard to the new substation about seven miles up Entiat River Road at the mouth of Crum Canyon.

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