PSE fires up new substation in Kingston to improve service and reliability on the Kitsap Peninsula

BELLEVUE, Wash. -- (December 21, 2007) -- Nearly 7,000 Puget Sound Energy customers in the Hansville and Kingston areas of North Kitsap will now have a local and more reliable source of power this winter. Today, PSE’s new $4.8 million Kingston substation and four miles of new transmission line came online to improve service to customers on the Kitsap Peninsula.

“The addition of Kingston Substation is a welcome development for the residents and businesses of North Kitsap,” said Sue McLain, senior vice president of operations at PSE. “Our investment in local infrastructure demonstrates our continuing commitment to the community and its growing energy needs.”

With the addition of the substation, PSE will increase distribution capacity from 80 megawatts (MW) to 110 MW, with the potential for future circuit reconfigurations and new equipment additions to meet growing energy needs as local populations grow, explained McLain.

The new substation relieves the area’s electric load currently served from PSE’s Port Gamble and Miller Bay substations, and eliminates the need for supplemental energy from a portable diesel generator that has been used to supply peak power needs to the area the past three winters.

“The new substation enables us to all but eliminate voluntary curtailments, which had become a frequent Hansville event during the coldest winter peak times,” said McLain. “Our customers made outstanding efforts to reduce energy use during those tough winter months to ensure power stayed on for everyone. I would like to thank the Hansville and Kingston communities for their patience and support – then and again this year while we built the new system.”

The Kingston substation is one of four new substations PSE built in 2007 to improve system reliability. Five other substations throughout PSE’s 11-county territory have been rebuilt or expanded this year. Substations are critical links in the electricity distribution system that switch, change or regulate electric voltage. Before reaching homes and businesses, the high voltage power flows through substations, which transform it to lower voltages.
 

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