DS&O Electric Cooperative Inc. 129 W. Main Solomon, KS 67480
From the Manager's Desk:
Welcome to Spring! Spring has us looking forward to warmer temperatures and longer days. It has been a quiet winter at DS&O with very few storm related outages. In fact, we had no outages during the heavy snows at the end of February.
The only problems this winter at DS&O has been a couple of transmission related issues. On March 8th a Westar substation transformer failed, which interrupted power to five DS&O distribution points. These points serve a large part of Dickinson County and eastern Saline County. DS&O is working with Westar to improve both systems to ensure that all our consumers have the reliable electrical supply that you expect and deserve. As a part of these improvements, DS&O crews are currently working on or have completed several major projects. These improvements include feeder upgrades in the Lindsborg, Marquette and Roxbury areas to improve voltage support, a large conductor upgrade southeast of Chapman to improve reliability to areas south of Junction City, and reconductoring projects west of Salina and north of Abilene to improve service to those areas. In addition to these projects, DS&O crews have recently completed more than 300 miles of system replacement as a result of the 2007 ice storm. An ongoing pole inspection and treatment program in also underway to identify the potential weak poles in the system.
The result of all of these activities is that over one half of the nearly fifty thousand poles in the DS&O system have been replaced in the past twelve years. Our goal is to provide you safe, reliable and affordable power. These projects will help to achieve that goal.