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Puget Sound Energy substation and transmission conversion
Enumclaw-Buckley-Burnett-Wilkeson-Carbonado-Orting area substation and transmission conversion
Spring 2013 project updates
- Puget Sound Energy completed phase I in October 2009 and phase II in July 2010
- Construction for additional phases is expected to take place between 2014 and 2016
To increase reliability and meet growing customer demand for power in the Enumclaw, Buckley, Burnett, Wilkeson, Carbonado and Orting areas, PSE is upgrading the existing 55 kilovolt (kV) substations and transmission line to the now current standard of 115 kV. The multi-year project entails converting the voltage of 20.2 miles of transmission line between the cities of Enumclaw and Orting, converting, upgrading or completely rebuilding five substations, and adding a fiber-optic line.
Electron Heights to Stevenson 115 kV transmission line rebuild, Phase I: PSE rebuilt eight miles of existing 55 kV transmission line to 115 kV line standards from our Stevenson switch, 1035 Stevenson Ave., Enumclaw, to just past our Wilkeson substation, located at 213 Church St. in Wilkeson. The new transmission line will not be energized to 115 kV until the project is complete in 2014.
Electron Heights to Stevenson 115 kV transmission line rebuild, Phase II: PSE rebuilt the final 12.2 miles of existing 55 kV transmission line to 115 kV transmission line standards from our Wilkeson substation to the Electron Heights switching station, 19319 Electron Road, Orting.
- Install a 115 kV capacitor bank within our Krain Corner substation, 10801 268th Ave. SE, Enumclaw. Construction is planned to begin in 2013.
- Upgrade electrical equipment at our Enumclaw substation, 2201 Battersby Ave., Enumclaw. Construction is planned to begin in 2013.
- Install a new 115 kV transformer and other related equipment at our Wilkeson substation. Construction is planned to begin in 2013.
- Install a new fiber line between our "new" Buckley and Krain Corner substations. Construction is planned to begin in 2014.
- Build a new Buckley substation off 112th Street East and demolish our old Buckley substation. Construction is planned to begin in 2014.
- Remove old 55 kV equipment from the Electron Heights switching station. Construction is planned to begin in 2014.
- Convert the voltage from 55 kV to our now current standard of 115 kV. Conversion is expected to be completed by 2014.
What is a transmission line?
Transmission lines are key elements in the electrical distribution system. The lines safely transport high voltage electricity from power sources like dams and wind generating facilities to substations in local communities. Transmission normally takes place at voltages of 55 kV and higher.
What is a substation?
Substations are critical links in the electricity distribution system, containing utility circuit protection, voltage regulation, and equipment that steps down higher voltage to lower voltage. Before reaching homes and businesses, power is routed through our transmission system to a substation where it is changed to a lower voltage that can be utilized by customers.
What is a fiber-optic line?
A fiber-optic line or optical fiber is a glass fiber that is designed to direct light along its length and is used for communication purposes. The fiber-optic lines used in our electric system are small, half-inch in diameter lines. Fiber-optic is light, less expensive, and able to carry much more information than radio and microwave communication.
Committed to keeping you informed
PSE will continue to provide updates to the community. We will notify residents and businesses near the project area when construction will occur. We aim to complete the work with as little disruption as possible.
Download the information
Download these PDF files for more detail on PSE's Enumclaw-Buckley-Burnett-Wilkeson area substation and transmission conversion project.
Electron Heights to Stevenson phase II project map
Outage notice, Sept. 2009
News release (9/3/2009)
News release (7/16/2009)
Construction print ad July 15, 2009
Outage notice, July 2009
Construction notice, July 2009
Fact sheet, July 2009
Electron Heights to Stevenson phase I project map