DECEMBER 6, 2013
The Board of Trustees of the Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative, Inc. will be holding a special meeting on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. at its boardroom in Mora, New Mexico. The Agenda will be available seventy two hours prior to the meeting at the office in Mora, NM or by requesting a copy at email@example.com or at 575-387-2205 extension 10.
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A big improvement is on the way for consumers of the Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative living between La Cueva and Mora. It's a new double-circuit distribution line that will allow the cooperative to draw power from the Rainsville substation, greatly improving capacity and reliability of electric service in the area. Construction of the double-circuit line is expected to begin in early July and be completed in October.
Consumers can obtain information about the new line - including the history of planning that made it possible by clicking here or in a document at the cooperative's headquarters on Highway 518 in Mora. The document explains the need for the line and how it will help improve the lives of consumers who live in the impacted area.
"We put together this document to explain the need for the distribution line, the history of its planning and how it will help consumers," says Abran H. Romero, general manager. "Everyone is encouraged to obtain a copy of it so they will better understand the improvements being made."
Over the past 50 years the cooperative has made numerous upgrades to the electric system in order to meet its commitment to providing reliable affordable electricity to consumers. This next step is expected to reduce power outages and improve voltage to more than 5,000 consumers. Preparation for the line began about seven years ago when a substation was built in Rainsville.
"Officials were acutely aware that voltage from the Storrie Lake substation to Mora needed to be improved as far back as 2001," Romero says. "At that time there was only one substation at Storrie Lake serving the entire area. The results were voltage drops and frequent power outages because the conductor from Storrie Lake substation could not transmit adequate power."
After studying various options, the management team with the help of the engineering firm SGS Witter, Inc. decided to build the Rainsville substation designed to serve up to a 7.5 megawatt load. Additional distribution facilities were required for the cooperative to continue to provide adequate reliable, quality service for the approximate 5,874 consumers served off the Storrie Lake substation.
Currently, the Rainsville substation only serves 550 consumers, operating at four percent capacity. When the double-circuit distribution line is completed in October, it will improve the low voltage problems in Mora and serve more than 5,000 consumers.
The construction project has obtained approval from the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) Environmental Design Cultural Resources Bureau that in a letter to the NMDOT District 4 Office and copied to the cooperative stated it, "has no concerns with the project." In addition officials from the cooperative, NMDOT and La Acequia de Cañocito De La Cueva reached an understanding for location of poles in an effort to ensure acequia member access for acequia maintenance and NMDOT traffic safety requirements.
Additional information about the new line:
The new double-circuit distribution line will be approximately 5.8 miles in length, using a combination of wood and steel poles.
The design includes installation of about 60 steel poles and 47 wood poles. The typical height extending from the ground will vary from 38 to 52 feet with the majority of the poles at 48 feet in total height.
A portion of the new line will be constructed within the existing route, and the majority will be built within the state Highway 518 right of way. The existing power lines will be removed after the new construction is completed.
The new line will be a double-circuit line that will provide the ability to transmit power from either the Rainsville substation or the Storrie Lake substation, currently the only source of power for the area.
To provide the highest level of electrical service
consistent with efficient and financially
sound management principles.