Portions of the old system were replaced with modern materials. The smarter, more efficient, modern materials of the new system require fewer repairs, less maintenance, more reliable energy, fewer outages, fewer unexpected costs and help ensure steady rates.
Upgrading the old system to the new system began in 2013. In July of 2017, a full-time crew was dedicated to the City of Walsenburg. The upgrades to the City of Walsenburg’s system were completed in the Spring of 2020.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will I lose power during the upgrade?
Will I be notified before my outage?
I don't have power and I wasn’t notified of the plan for my upgrade.
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 new aluminum, steel-core reinforced wire is more durable than the old copper wire, which will require less maintenance and fewer repairs.
- The new transformers have upgraded lightning protection and internal ground-fault protection.
- The new poles are made from a more durable wood and are also treated to make them more resistant to weather damage as well as more fire resistant.
- The old street lights are being upgraded to dark-sky compliant LED street lights.
- The new system will be able to support future community growth and development better than the old system.
When will I get upgraded?
What will happen to my old street light?
City Ranch tie line
Work to upgrade the power line west of the City of Walsenburg along the Hogback began in the first quarter of 2020. The upgraded line will provide more reliable service to Majors Ranch, Gardner, and the surrounding areas. This upgrade will also help segment SIEA’s system, separating the City of Walsenburg from the surrounding area. Segmentation allows problems to be located faster, and those problems to be isolated, allowing fewer meters to be affected by the outage.