Eaton installs modular substation for Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative


Power management company Eaton won a contract to provide Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative with a Modular Integrated Transportable Substation.

The factory-assembled solution is designed to help the electric utility support safe, reliable and cost-effective power to rapidly meet growing customer demand in Blanco, New Mexico. Eaton’s engineering experts will provide complete turnkey support from substation design to assembly and delivery to enhance safety and increase operational predictability. Contract terms were not disclosed.

“Eaton’s modular substation design will enable us to meet our members’ evolving power requirements much faster than a traditional solution,” said Joseph Sanchez, general manager at Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative. “The factory designed and tested substation will also help decrease commissioning and installation complexity to minimize overall project cost.”

Faced with the challenge of quickly adding transmission capacity to meet the needs of an expanding industrial customer, the utility needed to expedite the construction of a new substation. Eaton’s integrated power assembly was the best solution to reduce the engineering time required for the project to help maintain the customer’s desired timeline, while factory assembly helped avoid construction and weather-related delays.

“By working with Eaton, Jemez Mountains Electrical Cooperative was able to create a replicable model for rapidly meeting growing customer demand with safe, reliable, high-quality service,” said John Gadbury, utility segment manager, Electrical Engineering Services and Systems Division, Eaton. “The flexible, expandable design of the substation will also provide the scalability to form larger, more complex substations to easily accommodate future capacity additions.”

The MITS platform incorporates a flexible, expandable and portable design in a compact footprint that is engineered to accommodate current and future power needs. The configuration engineered for Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative will include pad-mounted switches and integrated switchboards, as well as reclosers and voltage regulators to enhance power reliability.

The MITS unit is engineered to fit on a traditional concrete pad, pylons, or crushed gravel base and meets evolving power requirements. The modular substation will help Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative reduce project costs because each unit is factory-assembled, wired and tested to minimize on-site labor, quality issues and time.

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