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Currin Substation: End of year update

December 29, 2023 Robyn Smith, EWEB Communications

Scene of the substation construction site near Garden Way and I-5

EWEB began the deconstruction of the Currin Substation at the beginning of 2023. 

The Currin Substation near Garden Way and Interstate 105, was constructed in 1962 and is considered the “Grand Central Station” of EWEB’s electrical grid. A lot of power flows through this station. It feeds power from transmission lines owned by the Bonneville Power Administration and PacifiCorp to EWEB’s grid, and it connects transmission lines up to the Hayden Bridge filtration plant and to Eugene’s downtown electrical network. 

Since the early 2000s, upgrades to substation equipment have made the operation of the 60-year-old station difficult, as old and new equipment are unable to work together. Rebuilding the Currin substation will increase load capacity to ensure we meet future needs and improve reliability by avoiding outages due to equipment failure or routine maintenance.  

Currin is just the first of several substations scheduled for a rebuild over the next ten years as part of EWEB’s major infrastructure investments through our Capital Improvement Plan for rehabilitating, replacing, and installing new infrastructure. 

In the video below, EWEB Engineer Philip Peterson explains a few upgrades to the new substation design, including support for EWEB's underground cable infrastructure and essential earthquake resiliency to ensure reliable electric service for decades to come. 

The new substation is expected to be in service in the spring of 2024.

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