Navajo Ranch upgrade project | SIEA

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Navajo Ranch upgrade project

By the end of this year, members in the Navajo Ranch area will experience fewer blinks and fewer and shorter power outages. San Isabel Electric is making an investment to rebuild the electric system in the Navajo Ranch area with upgraded, modern materials.

The upgrade project is scheduled to begin in August and is expected to be completed by the end of this year.

All of the old system, from the ground up, is being replaced with a larger, improved system built with new, modern, safer, smarter materials.

  • Old poles will be replaced with new poles with cross arms and new conductors. The new crossarms and conductors will hold wires in place better helping the system better withstand high-winds and harsh weather conditions.
  • The old copper wire will be replaced with new, more durable, aluminum, steel-core reinforced wire, which will require less maintenance and fewer repairs.
  • Lightning and ground-fault protection will be added to transformers, increasing safety.
  • Additional re-closers will decrease the number of meters affected by outages. Re-closers are circuit breakers equipped with a mechanism that can automatically close the breaker after it has been opened due to a fault.

Project-related outages

To complete the upgrade, members may experience brief interruptions as Lineworkers move electric service from the old system to the upgraded system.

We will attempt to send pre-recorded telephone messages in advance of any outages to the members who will be affected the week before the planned outage.

If your number has changed, or you want to verify we have up-to-date telephone contact information, please call us at 719-547-2160 between 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Your phone contact information can be found on your monthly utility bill below your name and the billing date.

We may also have some short individual outages as we make improvements. We will attempt to notify affected members of these individual outages either in person or by phone several days in advance of the anticipated outage.

This project coincides with several other upgrade projects that are part of the co-op’s long-term strategy to increase reliability, keep operational costs down, and ensure steady rates for many years to come. San Isabel Electric member-owners have only experienced one rate increase in the last decade. We do not anticipate any rate increases in the near future.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I lose power during the upgrade?
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To complete the upgrade, members may experience brief interruptions as Lineworkers move electric service from the old system to the upgraded system.

We will attempt to send pre-recorded telephone messages in advance of any outages to the members who will be affected the week before the planned outage.

If your number has changed, or you want to verify we have up-to-date telephone contact information, please call us at 719-547-2160 between 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Your phone contact information can be found on your monthly utility bill below your name and the billing date.

I don't have power and I wasn’t notified of the plan for my upgrade.
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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?
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The old overhead line has caused numerous outages and blinks 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. 

Do I need to do anything?
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Please make sure we have up-to-date contact information. We will attempt to send pre-recorded telephone messages in advance of any outages to the members who will be affected the week before the planned outage.

If your number has changed, or you want to verify we have up-to-date telephone contact information, please call us at 719-547-2160 between 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Your phone contact information can be found on your monthly utility bill below your name and the billing date.

We may also have some short individual outages as we make improvements. We will attempt to notify affected members of these individual outages either in person or by phone several days in advance of the anticipated outage.

When will you be in my neighborhood?
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Construction is scheduled to begin in early August and be completed by the end of the year.