Co-ops Bring New Substations Online

Hertford-based Albemarle EMC and Pee Dee Electric, headquartered in Wadesboro, recently brought new substations online.

Albemarle EMC’s West Albemarle Substation is providing the foundation for more robust electrical infrastructure for Chowan County and a portion of Perquimans County. Equipped with two 40-megavolt-amp transformers, the substation is a transmission facility that feeds the nearby Edenton Substation and will eventually feed the Bethel Substation, which should be completed in the next couple of years.

“This is the first step in a long-range plan to provide increased reliability and capacity to that part of our service area,” said Albemarle EMC General Manager Gary Ray.

Pee Dee Electric recently brought its Burnsville Substation online, serving the northern and western parts of its service area. The new substation allows Pee Dee Electric to control outage repairs and respond much faster.

Pee Dee Electric’s Burnsville Substation

In addition to a more timely outage response, Pee Dee Electric’s engineering staff created their version of an “automated fault recovery” inside the substation, a first of its kind for the co-op. The engineering team designed the automated recovery system so that outages in the new Burnsville Substation can be restored quickly.

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