Update on Harnett County construction work plan
June 15th, 2016
By James Taylor
Recently, we have been publishing information regarding upcoming projects aimed at further improving reliability for Central Electric members. Reliable energy is essential to all of us, especially in today’s electronics-driven world. When we flip the switch, we expect power to be there when we need it.
One project in particular is being done in conjunction with our power supplier, Duke Energy Progress (DEP). The project involves DEP upgrading their transmission line running to our Manchester delivery point, which serves two of our primary substations in Harnett County. This project benefits the cooperative significantly, saving our members over $6 million in upgrade costs that would otherwise need to be expensed by the cooperative.
We have been coordinating closely with DEP since it will involve temporary downtime of two of our substations. The original work plan scheduled the first round of work to take place on June 19 from approximately 12 a.m. (midnight) to 8 a.m. DEP has requested a modification to the original plan and since it stands to benefit our members, we are accommodating their request.
The updated work plan with DEP now allows for the first round of work to be done on June 19 from approximately 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. and again on June 26 from approximately 12 a.m. (midnight) to 8 a.m. A final round of work is also currently scheduled to take place on August 28. During these time periods, there may be temporary blinks affecting our Harnett County members as loads are switched to avoid extended outages that might would otherwise occur. Due to the nature of working on the electric grid, these conditions must sometimes occur to continue providing reliable power into the future. We apologize for any inconvenience that may be experienced during these times. Rest assured, looking out for you and keeping your lights on are top priorities of your electric cooperative.