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Puget Sound Energy substation project
Point Roberts substation
Fall 2013 project complete
- In March 2013 our contractor began construction at the Point Roberts substation.
- Additional work included upgrading a segment of underground power line outside of the substation fence.
- Construction was completed in summer 2013 and the substation was energized in September 2013.
To better serve customers in the Point Roberts area, Puget Sound Energy plans to rebuild the Point Roberts substation. The substation equipment is approximately 50 years old and is nearing the end of its useful engineered life. In order to ensure continued reliability for customers and prevent extended outages in the area, PSE will replace the transformer and add new protection equipment. Additionally, PSE plans to upgrade a portion of the underground power line which brings power to approximately 50 customers in the area and is prone to power outages. The upgrades will allow us to serve these customers from another existing power line, decreasing the likelihood of power outages.
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.
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.
Construction notice, January 2013