Xcel Energy replaces charred South Canyon power poles
When the Coal Seam Fire swept through South Canyon and up the Interstate 70 corridor June 8, it not only destroyed vegetation and structures, it damaged almost 3.5 miles of electrical line that supplies power to Glenwood Springs.
Working by land and air, crews have been working to replace the damaged lines to insure ample power supplies to meet the needs of the city’s electrical customers.
According to Xcel, the company that manages the damaged transmission equipment, repairing the damaged line is high priority.
Power demands for the city of Glenwood Springs are normally met by two significant power sources: the Mitchell Creek-Rifle Line from the west and the recently constructed Hopkins-Roaring Fork Line, which comes from the Hopkins Electric Substation in Spring Valley south of Glenwood Springs.
The Rifle line was damaged, leaving Glenwood electric customers with only one main power source.
Following the fire, Xcel Energy, the city of Glenwood Springs, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and the Union Pacific Railroad quickly established procedures to repair the electric line and begin reclaiming the damaged lands.
Within five days of the fire, crews began replacing the burned lines. As of June 29, 68 percent of the transmission poles and arms had been framed and set, 32 percent of the conductors had been clipped in, 67 percent of the hand holes were complete, 100 percent of the distribution poles and arms have been framed and set, and 78 percent of the distribution conductor has been re-sagged and clipped.
Xcel estimates that all the repaired equipment will be energized and ready for distribution by later this week.
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