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The two substation projects, totaling about $15 million in work, are designed to address low voltage and reduce outages, among other things. The two, Breaks Station and Cedar Creek Station, were brought online over the past two days.
The $11 million Breaks Station project included installation of three higher voltage circuit breakers, transformers and an improved distribution bank and control building. It replaced the Elkhorn City Station.
The $4 million upgrades to Cedar Creek Station near Pikeville included installation of two high-voltage circuit breakers, a circuit switcher, drop-in control module and replacement of a third breaker.
“These transmission projects represent a significant investment in eastern Kentucky and will improve reliability for our customers,” said Kentucky Power President and COO Greg Pauley. “The projects show how we are modernizing our power delivery infrastructure and supporting our commitment to provide our customers with safe, reliable and affordable electrical service.”
Kentucky Power is a unit of American Electric Power. The substation upgrades are part of a commitment by Kentucky Power and AEP to improve power quality and minimize outages across the service territory.
Kentucky Power, headquartered in Frankfort, serves nearly 170,000 customers in all or part of 20 eastern Kentucky counties.