In addition to servicing more than 16,000 miles of power lines, REC also maintains 86 substations throughout its 22-county territory.
Each substation contains a wide array of equipment, including transformers, lightning arrestors, circuit breakers, insulators and more. A power transformer performs the heavy work, altering voltage as needed.
Substation technicians at REC perform a variety of tasks.
- Regularly scheduled substation inspections and routine testing of equipment are required, as well as supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA), load management and automated meter reading (AMR) equipment installations.
- Substation technicians also install and maintain substation equipment, install mobile substations, conduct calibration and testing of protective relays used in substations and maintain the Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures plan of REC.
In recent years, REC has installed state-of-the-art communication equipment in many of its substations.