A new electrical substation on Erie Street is under budget and nearing completion but still likely won’t be brought online until next year.
Total estimated costs came in at $2.1 million at the project’s outset. Electric superintendent Dave Bealer said that has shrunk by about $300,000.
“We won’t finalize any numbers until we’re closer to the end of construction,” he said. “Doing all of the work in-house, though, is what’s allowed us to come up a bit under budget.”
It will be Wellington’s third substation, with the oldest built in 1978. The original two began running into trouble during peak usage times of the year such as Lorain County Fair week.
A three-hour blackout was created for Wellington electric department customers during Summer 2015 to allow for crucial repairs to the village’s power grid.
“This substation doesn’t avoid peak hours,” Bealer said. “It does give us some redundancy in case we had another problem and it will split up the load a little bit. If we had a problem at another transformer or substation, we’d be able to pretty much run the whole town off of this new one.”
Bealer said there is no set completion date for the project. Workers would like to see it done by the end of the year.
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Jonathan Delozier | Wellington Enterprise A new Erie Street electrical substation should be turned on early next year and is coming in about $300,000 under budget.