College Station Utilities to add new substation to keep up with demands

POSTED: Thursday, April 4, 2013 - 5:05pm
UPDATED: Thursday, April 4, 2013 - 9:39pm

Every where you look in College Station construction and new development are popping up all over the place, especially in the Northgate district.

"We've known about it for a long time, that it could develop, but maybe not to the intensity that it is developing right now," Timothy Crabb said.

Crabb, College Station's Director of Electric Utility, says within the next year power demands will be at an all time high thanks to all of the new development and the biocorridor so for the past few years he's been designing a seventh substation to meet the growing needs.

"By law we're required to serve everything in our certification area and we'll do whatever adjustments need to be made to serve that load," said Crabb.

The new substation will be located off Agronomy Road in a parking lot next to an existing A&M substation.

Because it'll be on A&M property, city council approved a land-leasing agreement with the university last week.

"It's beneficial to A&M and us to be at this location so we're reimbursing them $300,000 to relocate that parking lot."

Crabb says the substation should be up and running by the end of the year just in time to meet the increasing needs.

City council is expected to approve the formal substation construction bid at its next meeting on April 11.

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