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PUD electrical system improvements aid reliability and growth coming to Lake Stevens


June 25, 2013

Snohomish County PUD continues to make a series of improvements to its electrical system this summer. The work ensures it maintains the highest level of reliability for customers and meets the growing needs in its service area.

One key project will be taking place in Lake Stevens.

New distribution ties between substations in Arlington and Lake Stevens will provide additional back-up power for these communities.

In addition, the PUD will be replacing transformers, circuit breakers and other equipment at numerous substations in Everett, Lake Stevens, Bothell and other communities. It also will continue a multi-year effort to automate additional substations as part of its comprehensive grid modernization plan, which will allow it to better manage outages and improve efficiency.

The utility will maintain its ongoing replacement of aging poles; about 1,300 will be replaced in 2013. In addition, it will replace about 50 miles of underground distribution cable this year. Meanwhile, about 650 line miles of trees will be trimmed back from the PUD’s electrical system to maintain reliability.

Finally, the PUD will work with the Washington State Department of Transportation, Snohomish County and local municipalities to relocate lines and other facilities in Edmonds, Mill Creek and other areas to accommodate road projects and other construction during 2013.


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