EDMOND — Edmond Electric's newest electrical substation, designed for growth, is now online in the northeast part of the city.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the $2.6 million substation is set for 2 p.m. Wednesday. The C.R. Burgett Substation is on Air Depot Road, just north of Covell Road.
The substation is named for Charlie Burgett, who was director of Edmond Electric for 19 years.
“It's an honor to recognize Charlie for his years of service and his dedication and commitment to making Edmond Electric the sound, reliable system it is today,” said Mayor Charles Lamb.
Burgett was in charge when the two acres of land for the new substation were purchased. It is about a quarter of a mile north of Covell Road.
“Charles did a great job while he was here,” said Glenn Fisher, Edmond Electric director. “That is why Edmond Electric is as reliable as it is.”
Naming the substation after Burgett is one way the city can show appreciation for his work, Fisher said.
The substation was designed and built to be expanded as Edmond grows. The current configuration of the substation will serve about 3,000 Edmond homes and businesses.
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.