Chugach Transmission & Substation Engineering is in the process of rebuilding the DeBarr Substation in East Anchorage. The project has received support from both the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Northeast Community Council. The substation is 50-years-old, and the equipment is reaching the end of its useful life. The project will retire and replace all of the major equipment, improving efficiency and reliability.
Design of the new substation, meeting current safety codes and standards, is complete. Demolition work began in April, and construction got underway in May. Chugach is purchasing new equipment for the project, including a new transformer and switchgear with new 15 kV and 38 kV breakers. The new transformer arrives in late July, and the switchgear is set to arrive in August.
The DeBarr Substation pre-dated the Municipality of Anchorage and the permitting requirements. A resolution was passed by the Planning and Zoning Commission in mid-July to approve a major amendment to the de-facto Conditional Use permit for the substation. It is anticipated the work will be complete and the substation will be back on line by the end of the year.