Below are current and future projects that will increase efficiency, improve reliability and modernize the way we transfer and deliver electricity.
Increasing Capacity of Power Lines
The 4 kV to 12 kV conversion program increases capacity of the power lines in Glendale. These increases to capacity allow more power to flow throughout the system, thereby increasing our ability to meet customer demand. The conversion replaces an aging 4,000 volt distribution system to provide a more efficient delivery of power to our customers. We recently finished a series of conversions in North Glendale and will continue upgrading distribution lines in 2013 and 2014. The 34kV to 69kV conversion program is similar to the one above increasing capacity of power lines that are located within our current substations. This work will also continue in 2013-2015.
In 2011 we finished upgrading the Glorietta substation. The new substation was upgraded from a 34/4 kV to a 69/12.47 kV station. This increase of capacity allows more power to flow through the system, thereby increasing our ability to meet customer demand. The conversion replaces an aging 4kV distribution system to provide a more efficient delivery of power to our customers. In the next few years we will start similar work on the Grandview and Acacia Substations in order to modernize it and upgrade distribution lines.
Modernizing Our Power Plant
In the next year we will be conducting a repower study of our Grayson Power Plant to determine what areas we need to upgrade in order to continue meeting Glendale’s power demands. With the addition of Unit 9 in 2008 we increased Glendale Water & Power's local generation system. Unit 9 is a 50 megawatt power unit that can provide enough electricity to serve 50,000 homes. Unit 9 was a major step in Glendale's efforts to maintain local power generation and reduce our dependency on electricity delivered from far away sources, especially during summer peak hours when power from the state's volatile power market is less reliable. This repower study will determine more efficient ways we can continue power generation at the local level.
The growing electric vehicle (EV) market is offering our consumers a large variety of vehicles to meet their needs. Electric transportation can help customers save money on fuel and maintenance costs, and reduce their environmental impact. As a domestic source of energy, electric transportation can contribute to our nation's energy independence. It is estimated that in the next 10 years, 5 to 10 percent of new cars on the road in the United States will be fueled in whole, or in part, by electricity. Electric vehicles come in a variety of makes, models and price points, so chances are there is an EV that is perfect for you. Glendale Water & Power is currently developing programs to help consumers set-up charging stations in home. Click here to learn more about our Electric Vehicle charging information.