New Substation Energized

New Substation Energized

New Substation

 

IN LATE JANUARY, Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative applied electrical load to its brand new substation in Anderson County’s Piercetown community. The Piercetown facility is replacing an existing metering point. That unit did not allow for the additional circuit that was needed to supply service to the commercial, industrial, and residential members that have settled there in recent years. Vice-President of Engineering Mark Waters explains, “Although the capacity has not changed, we needed space to add an additional circuit for that area.” Located near the intersection of Interstate 85 and S.C. Highway 81, the substation now has five backbone circuits that are taking power into a wide portion of co-op territory serving 2,123 co-op members. At present, the station has a circuit dedicated to serving the nearby Techtronic Industries North America (TTI) campus. With a distribution center already in operation and a testing lab now under construction, TTI reportedly has even bigger plans for its spacious tract of land. The co-op is prepared to make a second dedicated circuit available to TTI, should the firm see further growth in its need for electricity. Blue Ridge officials have also made preliminary plans to erect a second substation immediately adjacent to the new Piercetown station, should even greater industrial expansion warrant. Co-op President and CEO Jim Lovinggood noted that this particular I-85 interchange appeared poised for even more commercial and industrial development. “At Blue Ridge, we’ve always prided ourselves with our determination to stay ahead of electrical load growth on the co-op grid. We’re maintaining a watchful eye as events continue to unfold in this geographical section. Our focus continues to be on providing the kind of service reliability our members have come to expect.”