The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) will have the first phase of two planned power outages that will affect the Wartburg substation Sunday morning (April 18, 2021) starting at 12:01 a.m. lasting approximately 4 hours.
Plateau Electric Cooperative along with TVA has been making system improvements in the Morgan County area for the past two years. Those improvements made by PEC were $1.2 million in upgrades to the Wartburg substation which included doubling the capacity of the substation. TVA’s investment in the new Rugby substation was $19 million and allowed a loop feed for Morgan County members to help reduce outage durations. Currently, TVA is investing $6 million in automated transmission equipment to allow for faster restoration times in the event of power disruptions.
This planned power outage is necessary to further the installation of switches and motor operated disconnects (MOD) at the Wartburg substation. Once complete, the loop feed will be fully implemented and reduce restoration time since they are remotely operated, thereby allowing the substation to be fed from either side of the loop and the trouble area isolated. This is a continuation of the work that began last year at the Sunbright substation and will bring this process one step closer to completion.
Those areas affected will include the City of Wartburg, Potter’s Falls, Catoosa, Gobey, Genesis Road, Montgomery Road, a part of Highway 62, Highway 27 South to the City of Wartburg waste water treatment plant, Lancing, and Highway 27 North to Anna Del Road.