NORTH GLENDALE — City officials gathered Monday to celebrate a $12 million renovation of a electrical substation that utility officials say will increase the system’s reliability.
The improved Glorietta substation, which serves roughly 6,000 customers in north Glendale neighborhoods including , has increased capacity that will allow more power to flow through the system, increasing the utility’s ability to meet customer demand, officials said.
“That’s why we do things like this, to maintain and improve reliability,” Glendale Water & Power General Manager Glenn Steiger said Monday to city officials and area residents gathered near the new facility. “This will do that in spades.”
The City Council in 2009 approved a roughly $12-million contract with Beta Engineering LLC for the demolition and replacement of the existing substation, which was built in the 1950s.
The facility is one of 13 electric substations that serve as middle points between the high-voltage source of the power and electric lines.