CRE/LCRA to upgrade substation for northern McCulloch County

In an effort to increase the reliability and capacity of electrical distribution of certain sections of the region, the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) in conjunction with Cap Rock Electric is constructing a new distribution feeder that will affect over 1,000 Cap Rock Electric customers located in northern McCulloch County. A portion of the electricity delivery system services territory that includes McCulloch, Mills, Brown and San Saba counties. During the extreme heat encountered last summer, the conductor in a portion of the existing delivery line approached full load conditions. Continuing growth in the Brownwood service area and keeping up with the demand placed on the delivery point during last summer has pushed the construction date of the substation up to early this year. According to John Brooks with LCRA, the substation that will be located a few miles south of Brownwood is expected to be completed and on line by April 1. “This new substation will increase the reliablity and the capacity for the area that includes a portion of northern McCulloch County,” said Brooks. The name of the new substation will be the “Camp Bowie” substation and it has been part of the utility company’s long range plan. LCRA owns and will operate this substation which will be built and operated at the 14.4/24.9 kV distribution voltage level. The McCulloch Division of CRE will be constructing two miles of double circuit conductor from the substation to the existing distribution lines. That along with several other improvements and new equipment will be installed prior to the conversion of the new system.

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