UniSource working to reduce power failures

GOLDEN VALLEY - Golden Valley residents who are disturbed by three power outages in a one-week period may get some relief in about six weeks.

About 4:01 p.m. on Sept. 9, a UniSource Energy company dispatcher noted a possible operations problem and soon began receiving calls about low voltage from valley residents, said Bill DeJulio, transmission distribution manager for UniSource.

Company personnel were sent to the Golden valley substation at Highway 68 and Heber Road.

"They identified a problem on the transmission side and began a patrol of the line between Golden Valley and Kingman," DeJulio said.

"It turned out to be a jumper on the transmission line on a pole between Coyote Pass and Highway 40.

"The pole has conductors coming into it from three directions and they tie together. One of them had burned out, so we performed switching to move that feed to another source."

Power in Golden Valley was back up about 6:50 p.m. DeJulio said the incident was a mechanical problem.

"By the end of October we should have a new substation in west Golden Valley in service at Colorado and Diabase roads," he said. "Due to the increase in area growth it was identified that we either need another substation or must increase the size of the current one."

The new substation would handle the electrical load for the valley if the Heber Road substation ever failed.