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COMMITMENT VVEC Linemen Complete Substation Re-Certification On a semi-annual sched-


ule, VVEC linemen are trained and refreshed by KAMO per- sonnel on the proper proce- dures for working in substa- tions as part of their continuing education.


KAMO Electric Coopera-


tive based in Vinita, owns most of the substations that VVEC takes its distribution power from. GRDA owns three of the 22 substations, but has work-


ing agreements with KAMO. In order for the problems to be re- solved quickly and safely in the substations, KAMO personnel continually train VVEC linemen on the proper switching and restoration methods.


KAMO line personnel are


usually not able to respond as quickly to an outage situation in a substation as VVEC linemen can. The KAMO personnel may not be in the area or if it’s after


Highway 60 Line Relocation VVEC construction crews are finishing a line relo-


cation project for State Highway 60 improvements west of Bartlesville. The project covered about 3 miles of feeder line that ran alongside Highway 60 in the Osage Hills State Park area. The feeder supplies power to the area west of Bartlesville around the airport and south to the Osage Casino.


VVEC crews are often called upon to relocate lines when the existing poles and lines are in the way of im- provements to roadways and such. The project began late last fall and has been worked on anytime the weather would allow. This type of labor has to be worked into the regular schedule of the crews building new service to members in addition to their other duties such as upgrading lines and feeders for new growth.


hours, may not live close to the substation that has the prob- lems. That’s where the training of the local distribution coop lineman comes into play. VVEC linemen are the first to get the call that there is a power outage reported by our members and then during our troubleshooting, occasionally the problem may be in the sub- station. Our crews are already on-site so it is only logical that they are trained in the basics of restoring power to the substa- tion thus restoring power to our members.


Since VVEC crews do not deal with substation work every day (as KAMO crews do), the training is very beneficial and a mandatory session for our line- men that may be called upon to complete the work.


May 2015 VVEC Power Circuit 3


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