USA, Washington: The largest public utility district (PUD) in Mason County, Washington, PUD No.3, expects to build four to five new substations over the next decade in order to keep up with the growing electricity demand.
Currently, PUD No. 3 has 11 substations across Mason County, some dating back to 1960s and with the last one built in Shelton in 2006, reports Kitsap Sun.
The new substations, which will require power transformers, will help respond to the increasing demand in the areas of the county that are likely to grow due to new developments, facility expansions and projects such as the Shelton Hills project, an 800-acre retail and housing development planned off U.S. Highway 101.
The proposed developments, some of which have already filed applications with PUD No. 3, are expected to push the current capacity limit at many of the district’s substations.
To finance the new projects, the utility plans to implement a system capacity fee that new developers would pay to help pay the costs.
Source: Kitsap Sun