San Isabel Electric’s 69-kilovolt line serves about half of our territory and a third of our membership. The line, built in the 1950s, is being upgraded as a multiyear project beginning in 2017 and is expected to end in 2020.
The upgrade will:
- improve power quality
- improve reliability from Walsenburg to the New Mexico border and all of Las Animas County.
- decrease blinking and outages
- replace older materials with safer and smarter new materials. This is a ground-up rebuild. Everything in the ground is coming out and being replaced
Everything from the ground up in the 12-mile section of line running from Trinidad to Burro Canyon will be upgraded. Since 2017, the co-op has completed a 74-mile upgrade on its main 69 kilovolt(kv) transmission line that runs from Pueblo area to Trinidad. The ground-up rebuild of the last 12-mile section, from Trinidad to Burro Canyon, is the last phase of the 69kv upgrade project. About six miles of the system was upgraded in 2019, between Trinidad and Starkville.
In mid-March, work will reach a major milestone. The upgraded line will provide more reliable power to the City of Trinidad, and San Isabel Members in the surrounding Trinidad area. Even though San Isabel Electric does not serve the City of Trinidad, Trinidad receives their power from the same 69kv line.
Construction will resume in the spring of 2020 from Starkville to Burro Canyon and is expected to be complete by winter of 2020. When the upgrade project is complete, San Isabel Electric members, and the surrounding membership, will have a more reliable backup source of power.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will I lose power during the upgrade?
San Isabel Electric doesn’t anticipate any outages during construction.
I don't have power and I wasn’t notified of the plan for my upgrade.
Feel free to call our office Toll-Free at 1 (800) 279-7432 or (719) 547-2160 if you have any questions so we can help you with your needs. You can also check the outage map on our homepage for unplanned outage information.
For safety reasons, member-owners are asked to not approach the Lineworkers in the field for scheduling information and questions about the upgrades.
Why do the rebuild?
We are making the investment in YOU, our member-owners to provide you with the most reliable power as possible. The smarter, more efficient, modern materials of the new system require fewer repairs, less maintenance, fewer outages and fewer unexpected costs which helps ensure steady rates for years to come.
- The new aluminum, steel-core reinforced wire is more durable than the old wire, which will require less maintenance and fewer repairs.
- The new poles are treated to make them more resistant to weather damage as well as more fire resistant.
- The new system will be able to support future community growth and development.