May 25, 2022-The Lake Worth Beach Electric Utility is pleased to announce the completion and energization of the utility’s newest electric switching station which replaces a substation dating to 1970. Designed to withstand category 5 storms, the new switching station will serve up to 2,600 residential and commercial customers.
An element of the utility’s System Hardening and Reliability Improvement Program (SHRIP), the project incorporates redundant feeders, RMAG breakers, voltage regulators and fault current limiting devices, a hardened control house equipped with microprocessor relays and battery backup, with both radio and fiber communications options with a new system-wide SCADA system. “This new switching station, combined with hardened and upgraded circuits feeding customers marks a significant moment in our efforts to significantly improve reliability of electric service to our customers” add Ed Liberty, Director of Electric Utilities. “This is only part of the ongoing work we are undertaking to harden and improve the resiliency of our utility’s entire electric grid”.
Adds Betty Resch, Mayor of Lake Worth Beach “Yesterday the City Commission was able to tour the inside of the substation prior to it being energized and celebrated this wonderful achievement with a ribbon cutting on site. The team behind the work were able to answer Commissioner’s questions and let them get us up close to the parts of the station before it’s energized with to 26,400 volts of electricity”.
The City’s electric utility is currently underway with upwards of $60 million in system improvements under its SHRIP initiative in recognition of the need to modernize its electric utility to meet the needs of the community, allow for implementation of new technologies, and ensure adequate capacity for growth. Funding for the project is being provided via the sale of revenue bonds conducted in 2020 with an additional $40 million in bond sales planned for June 2022.