Public Service buying time until it can build substation
SILVERTHORNE – As annexation proceedings for the Blue River Club are repeatedly continued, so, too, are plans to build a Public Service substation on part of that property.
The substation will help meet increasing power demands in the Lower Blue.
But until it’s built, Public Service officials say they need to find another way to provide more power to the county’s north end. To that end, the company hopes to install a feeder line, connecting the existing Dillon substation near the county landfill to the current electric feeder line behind the Silverthorne Recreation Center.
The line will be buried along that eight-mile stretch.
“At present, the reliability of the electrical service in the Silverthorne area is at risk,” according to a press release on the plans. “Installation of the new feeder line will support the area’s electric demand and help mitigate the immediate need for the proposed Silverthorne substation.”
If the feeder line is installed within the next few months, Public Service officials hope to have power flowing through it by the end of summer.
After an exhaustive search in 2000, Public Service decided to build a permanent substation on the Heitt Ranch, tucked behind a ridge on Ptarmigan Mountain. It is just off property proposed for the high-end golf course community Blue River Club, but visual projections show it would be all but invisible to residents and passersby in the Lower Blue River Basin.
The delay in annexation proceedings has created some problems for Public Service, admitted company spokesman Larry Claxton.
“One of the primary reasons we’re installing this new feeder from Dillon is to buy us a little more time,” he said. “We still need the substation, even with this feeder. It’s just not as immediate. The new feeder will help reduce any load problems we would have for the winter.”
Claxton said the company hopes to start construction on the permanent facility later this year, but again, that’s pending the annexation of the land into Silverthorne.
“We’ve got a little more time, but we’re still pushing to get this site so we have a place to put it,” Claxton said. “It will take a couple of years to build, including construction of the access road.”
Jane Reuter can be reached at 668-3998, ext. 229, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
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