Work is beginning on Pacific Gas & Electric’s planned substation training facility in Livermore, California.
The 145,100 square-foot site will be part of PG&E’s Livermore Training Center. It is scheduled to open in the first half of 2019.
“This will be one of the premier training facilities in our company, and it will play a vital role in training our teams to safely and reliably deliver affordable and clean energy to our customers,” Pat Hogan, PG&E’s senior vice president of electric operations, said in a statement during the groundbreaking last week.
PG&E has 757 substations throughout its service area. The new training facility will provide a de-energized environment for realistic simulated field conditions, complex switching scenarios, ground grid installation, wire pulling and line sagging, among other situational learning experiences.
It also will offer an estimated 4,400 annual training days for 775 crew leads/sub foremen, electricians, substation inspectors and utility workers. PG&E has had the Livermore Training Center for more than 25 years.
“The Livermore Training Facility has kept PG&E employees on the cutting edge when it comes to the latest energy delivery practices and builds upon their commitment to safety,” Livermore Mayor John Marchand said in a statement. “We’re very excited that PG&E continues to invest in our community and sees Livermore as a great place for this first-class training facility.”
San Francisco-based PG&E has more than 20,000 employees and delivers energy to nearly 16 million people in northern and central California.
Earlier this year, Entergy Corp. opened its own new substation training center in Clinton, Mississippi. The Arthur “Dub” Barfield Training Substation was named in honor of a longtime employee and company director of transmission grids. It is the only such training site in Entergy’s four-state service territory.