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For immediate release:

8 a.m. – Thursday, July 17, 2020

 

After, July 23, power outages for Beulah Valley residents will be less frequent and shorter thanks to a new switch installed about 10 miles away from the Beulah Valley in Colorado City.

The upgrade project required two planned power outages for the Beulah Valley. The first power outage was on Tuesday, July 14, from 8 a.m. to noon.

The first outage was necessary for Lineworkers to replace an old, unreliable switch. Lineworkers used a 38-ton crane to hoist the new 6,000-pound witch 70 feet in the air.

Click here to view still pictures and video of the upgrade work.

The second outage was necessary for crews to switch power from the old equipment to the new equipment. The second outage occurred on Thursday, July 23, from 8 a.m. to noon.

Both planned outages affected about 1,300 meters.

The switch is part of the main source of power to the Beulah Valley.

Members affected by the planned outages were notified by automated phone calls, letters sent through the U.S. Postal Service, and emails sent to members with email addresses on file.

The upgrade project is one of several upgrade projects near completion. The upgrades are part of the co-ops long-term strategy to 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.

More information about the Beulah upgrade project, and the rest of San Isabel Electric’s upgrade projects, is available at siea.com/systemupgrades.

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As a not-for-profit cooperative utility, San Isabel Electric provides affordable, reliable electricity with exceptional service to communities throughout southern Colorado. Serving nearly 20,000 member-owners and 24,000 meters, San Isabel Electric has been keeping the lights on since 1938. We don’t just serve communities. We are part of communities.