Operations & Maintenance
OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE
The most troublesome area for the operation and maintenance of an overhead distribution system is trees. Springfield Electric has extended their tree trimming contract to a year-round contract in order to avoid falling behind in the summer months. We also added a second tree trimming crew from July to December. This has allowed the department to catch up on some problem areas and has paid off in reduced outages from storms. Tree trimming, however, will always be a full-time job.
We strive to improve reliability at the heart of the system—the substation—through scheduled preventive maintenance of all major components, including power transformers, voltage regulators, and circuit breakers. This maintenance schedule will eventually be extended to include line equipment such as gang switches and reclosers as well.
Springfield is a growing city, and the electric system must grow with it. The department is constantly busy with new projects that accompany a rapidly developing community. Springfield Electric is honored to play a vital role in any project that strengthens the industrial, social, or economic base of the region. Some recent and ongoing projects include:
- Served or expanding subdivisions such as Autumnwood Estates, Legacy, Eden Pointe, Browns Glade, Legacy Townhomes, and Sleepy Hollow
- New commercial and industrial services such as Bojangles, Dollar General (Highway 41), Shoe Sensation, Fastenal, Electrolux continued expansion, MartinRea FABCO continued expansion, Airtech planned expansion, MLK park, playground, and plaza
- AMR/AMI propagation
- Continued LED street light replacement throughout the city limits
- Fiber installation
- Industrial Road relocation project with State of Tennessee Department of Transportation and others