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FPU completes city circuit upgrades

Posted on Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 6:30 am

FPU electric crews install a new steel pole along West College Street near Save A Lot on Tuesday of last week. ~ Photo courtesy of FPU

FPU electric crews install a new steel pole along West College Street near Save A Lot on Tuesday of last week. ~ Photo courtesy of FPU

Fayetteville Public Utilities (FPU) electric crews installed the last few steel poles last week to complete the 1.66 miles of system upgrades in the city limits.

FPU began upgrading portions of the city’s electric infrastructure in March 2015 to increase capacity on the circuit that connects the utility’s Brogan Avenue Substation to the Industrial Park Substation on Winchester Highway. Most of the upgrade was completed earlier this year with only a few existing poles requiring upgrades to steel structures along College Street and Franklin Avenue.

“Capacity on the line is increasing from 6 megawatts to 20 megawatts,” said FPU’s CEO and General Manager Britt Dye. “Greater capacity insures the stability of voltage, improves the quality of service and increases the available power in the city to accommodate for future growth.

“These upgrades also further secure the alternate electric feed we built years ago to power the city. If there is a failure at Brogan Avenue Substation, we can quickly route power from the Industrial Park Substation, our alternate source, through our SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) system and switching procedures. In the event of an outage, this capability enables FPU to restore quickly to residents and businesses in the area.”

The city circuit upgrade included replacement of 1.66 miles of three-phase electric line; insulators; guy wires; and 80 electric poles.