As crews restored power, they left old material near the location where the damage occurred. Our crews left these items to be cleaned up later in order to speed up the power restoration process. Please know that the collection of these materials will take some time due to the sheer volume of locations that have line equipment that needs to be collected from all over our service territory. We have contracted with a company to collect the discarded electrical devices such as transformers, regulators, breakers and capacitors left on members’ property after Hurricane Michael. You’ll be able to identify them because their trucks are clearly labeled with WFEC Contractor signs.
At the time of this publication, the company has completed the collection of electrical devices from the Bascom substation out and also from the Malone substation out. Electrical equipment has also been collected from the Alford substation out. They have started working on lines from the West Grand Ridge substation and are expected to be in that area for quite some time due to extensive damage and a high volume of damaged equipment. 61792001
The co-op has thirteen substations and just over 4,800 miles of line on its system. Due to this large geographical area, it could take quite some time for all damaged electrical equipment and devices to be collected.
In addition to the various electrical devices, there are broken poles, wire, insulators and cross arms that must be collected at numerous locations throughout WFEC’s service area. The collection of these items is going to be outsourced to another company. The bid process for that contract is ongoing as of the publication date of this article.
Energy Efficiency Tip
Choose wisely when replacing incandescent bulbs from recessed light fixtures. Heat buildup can shorten the life of spiral CFLs.