100°F
weather icon Clear

Backup to aging electrical transformer arrives

Boulder City’s power supply is getting a new backup transformer that will increase the system’s reliability.

“The existing BC Tap transformer doesn’t have the capacity to deliver the large amount of energy needed during summer,” said Rory Dwyer, the city’s electric utility administrator. “Also, the existing transformer’s age (54 years) makes it more likely to fail during hot weather, when people would be most impacted by a power outage. The new transformer is sized to provide year-round backup capacity.”

The transformer costs approximately $1.1 million and weighs about 109 tons. It was installed on the concrete pad at the Boulder City Tap off Utah Street on Thursday, April 5. The installation took eight hours, according to Dwyer.

“Transformer replacement every 50 years is a prudent planning target,” Dwyer said. “The BC Tap is the city’s only transmission substation transformer. Therefore, city staff doesn’t expect a transformer replacement of similar scale in the foreseeable future. Two of the city’s 12 distribution substation transformers are planned to be replaced after July 2020, but these transformers are only one-tenth of the size of BC Tap.”

The new transformer will be operational in November.

“Replacing the circuit breakers will require a longer outage at BC Tap than was needed to set the transformer,” Dwyer said. “Residents will not notice an outage at BC Tap, except if a problem were to occur on the city’s normal transmission feed at the same time. That is not likely to happen, but if it did, better that it be in cool weather. Thus, the delay until November.”

As part of ongoing efforts to upgrade the city’s aging electrical system, Substations No. 3 and No. 4 will be replaced in fiscal 2020-2022, according to Public Works Director Scott Hansen. That project will cost approximately $6.5 million.

Before they can be replaced, however, the electric feeders for them need to be upgraded. Hansen said that design will begin on the Avenue G feeder and the golf course feeder in July.

Contact reporter Celia Shortt Goodyear at cgoodyear@bouldercityreview.com or at 702-586-9401. Follow her on Twitter @csgoodyear.

THE LATEST
It’s official(ish)

It’s all over, at least until November.

Slice of Americana turns 76

Boulder City’s annual July 4 Damboree is almost like a Norman Rockwell painting that has jumped off the canvas and has come to life.

Capturing life through the lens of a camera

If it’s true that a picture is worth a thousand words, it’s safe to say that Bill Bruninga has enough to fill an entire set of encyclopedias.

Boulder City dodges insurance inflation

Insurance is one of those things that are super important but that most people are not going to discuss over a beer like it was a football game. Which is a nice way of saying that the subject can be a little… dry.

It’s (un)official

“Every vote counts and every vote has not been counted.”

City council to mull recruitment firms

When departing and now former city manager Taylour Tedder was on his way out, he took some steps to try to smooth out the transition to a new city executive in the form of five recruitment firms vying for the call to be hired to conduct a nationwide search for his replacement.

Brown proud to represent BC in Nationals

For those who are into the rodeo scene, you may want to remember the name Aiden Brown in years to come.

Church seeks senior housing

Leaders of the Boulder City United Methodist Church have a project in the works that they feel will benefit many in the community but understand those who may have concerns.

Fancier/foster permit back on city council agenda

If you call in to a city council meeting for public comment twice in one meeting, you officially qualify as a gadfly. (noun: 1) a fly that bites livestock, especially a horsefly, warble fly, or botfly. 2) an annoying person, especially one who provokes others into action by criticism.) Fred Voltz, already quoted in these pages for comments on other issues, also addressed the issue of pet breeding, likening the practice to prostitution or the dealing of narcotics.

Liquor Board approves BC Company Store request

In the 1930s, the original Boulder City Company Store included a “club room.” The city was officially dry until the late 1960s, so booze would not have been officially served. Except it was.