New and upgraded equipment will increase electric capacity and improve service reliability
WEST MONROE, La. – Entergy Louisiana is constructing a new substation and distribution circuits in Ouachita Parish as part of its commitment to increasing the resilience of the electric system and providing customers with reliable power. The approximately $19 million project will benefit around 3,000 customers south of West Monroe.
Utility crews expect to complete the project and energize the Cotton substation and new powerlines sometime this summer, pending any unforeseen circumstances. Crews will be setting new poles in the ground and installing nearly 10 miles of new wire and other electric equipment in the air as part of the construction of six distribution circuits that will provide electricity from the substation to area homes and businesses.
The new equipment just north of Lapine and the surrounding area will support economic growth and help provide reliable power year-round to customers in Ouachita Parish, in part, by increasing electric capacity and reducing stress on other substations in the West Monroe and Calhoun areas. In addition to the Cotton substation boasting two transformers, several reclosers are being installed onto the electric system to incorporate automation and create self-healing networks.
Reclosers are smart devices that sectionalize the electric system to prevent power outages while also helping protect it from damage. These devices give the electric system an opportunity to keep power flowing following temporary impacts like a tree limb falling onto a power line or an animal contacting equipment.
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