Westar projects improve reliability
The power struggles that have plagued the Sabetha, Bern and Seneca communities for more than two years have been gradually improving, as Westar Energy has been working on a number of improvement projects.
Over the past several months, Westar has completed projects in these areas, beginning with the construction of a new line to the City of Sabetha this past summer. The line was placed into service in August and creates a second path to provide electricity to the city if the original line serving the town becomes unavailable.
While this line was being built, Westar’s transmission and substation departments were building the new East Nemaha Substation and associated transmission lines. The East Nemaha Substation was built south of 144th Road on the west side of W Road and was completed in November. This new substation is served by roughly two miles of new transmission lines.
The substation also has been integrated into Westar’s power grid, which has improved reliability in this area. Westar crews are still working on two additional sets of lines – one five miles and another four miles – will connect to this substation when they are complete.
Along with the substation, crews also are working to rebuild two and a half miles of existing power lines along the west side of Seneca. These lines connect to a substation located north of Seneca. Upon completion of this project, crews will work to begin to add a line from that substation to Bern. The majority of this line will be built along Kansas Highway 63 and Kansas Highway 71. This work is expected to be complete in the spring of 2017.
“Cumulatively, these projects will significantly improve customer service and system reliability in and around those communities,” said Westar spokeswoman Gina Penzig.
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Krista Wasinger is Co-Editor of The Sabetha Herald, where she has been on staff since 2011. She specializes in city reporting and feature stories, as well as photography and page and advertising design. Krista is a 2004 Fort Hays State University graduate with a degree in communications studies with an emphasis in journalism. She lives in Sabetha with her husband and four children.