Work on the new substation, which is the home of Edmond's largest transformer, started in June 2011. Final tests were completed last week.
Edmond Electric had 305 megawatts of electricity available. The new substation increases the electrical capacity by 25 megawatts.
A megawatt is a measurement of bulk electricity equal to 1 million watts. One megawatt is enough electricity to light 16,666 60-watt bulbs. Edmond now has nine electrical substations in the 90-square-mile city.
The decorative black fence that surrounds the property matches the one at Boulevard and 21st Street, said Jerry Cockrell, Edmond Electric substation operations and maintenance supervisor.
“We wanted curb appeal,” Cockerell said. “We wanted to be neighbor-friendly.”
Landscaping also is planned, but not yet in place, Cockerell said.