USA, California: Southern California Edison (SCE) plans to replace transformers, switches and cables in downtown Santa Barbara as part of an $11 million project to reduce the number of power failures throughout the city.
Beginning in 2017, Edison plans to replace 36 transformers, among other electrical equipment, SCE officials said at a Santa Barbara City Council meeting.
“We are continuing to identify and inspect any critical overloaded transformers or any critical cable that needs to be replaced,” said Brian Deppen, a distribution engineer for Southern California Edison.
Several outages have affected downtown residents and businesses in recent years. Edison’s infrastructure is old and at the end of its lifespan, which is one of the reasons for the series of power failures.
Source: Santa Barbara City Council