Lake Country Power lines up summer construction projects

Thursday, May 21, 2020

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In spite of the national economic downturn, Lake Country Power in 2020 is moving ahead with a series of construction projects to improve electrical service to its members.

“We will be completing power quality and required road projects,” said Derek Howe, Lake Country Power chief operating officer. “But we are concerned about the impact (of the downturn) and are curtailing some of our age-related construction.”

The rural electric cooperative is going ahead with a power quality project at its Cohasset substation.  It will increase the substation’s capacity and reliability for customers in the Cohasset area.

The co-op’s Gunn substation east of Grand Rapids along Gunn Road will be relocated about a half mile north of the existing substation and rebuilt with underground service to improve reliability. 

“With underground service, you don’t have to worry about birds, lightning or corrosion causing large-scale outages at the substation,” said Howe. “We’ve seen improved reliability in the Big Sandy area after building that substation with underground service, so we plan to do the same with our other substations going forward.”   

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