A new electric substation in west Lethbridge will be operational this month that will provide long-term electric capacity for homes and businesses in the fastest-growing area of Lethbridge.
Located on the northwest outskirts of Lethbridge, the new Chinook Substation will be one of six in Lethbridge that serve as bulk-supply points of delivery, distributing power throughout the city. It will also be the second substation in west Lethbridge, which has been served by a single electric substation since 1978.
"The addition of a sixth electric substation ensures we will have reliable electric capacity to meet the needs of our growing community for the next 15 to 20 years," says Mayor Chris Spearman.
The Chinook substation can also serve as a backup to the other five existing substations in the city and has been built to accommodate the addition of a second transformer, which would provide a further 20-25 years' worth of electric capacity.
"Adding this new substation means we can minimize the potential in the future for rotating power outages during periods of constant high demand," says Burns Hill, Electric Distribution Manager for the City of Lethbridge who oversaw the project. "It also makes it easier for us to conduct preventive maintenance on any of our substations because we have additional backup capacity."
With all the required provincial regulatory approvals, planning and construction, this substation project has been five years in the making. The project was completed at a capital cost of $10.7-million – approximately $1 million under budget – and was funded from existing electric utility rates.
Burns Hill, Electric Distribution Manager