Cuchara Valley Reliability Improvement Project
New, modern upgrades will improve the overall system in the Cuchara and Panadero areas and throughout the entire Cuchara Valley. The upgrades will:
- improve power quality
- reduce blinks and outages
- replace an old underground line that has caused numerous outages in the area and has reached the end of its usable life with new construction techniques and new technology that make the wire more reliable and longer lasting.
- get rid of temporary fixes made to keep the system going and replace them with permanent repairs.
San Isabel Electric expects minimal impacts during construction. There will be temporary detours for construction crews excavating and working in the area.
Information and location of anticipated detours will be available on this webpage. Please check back for specific detours.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will I lose power during the upgrade?
Yes, member-owners will experience minor outages to safely move the electricity from the old wire to the new wire and make additional upgrades. Member-owners will be informed ahead of any anticipated outages.
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?
The old underground line has caused numerous outages in the area and has reached the end of its usable life. 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.