Keeping the power flowing across more than 5,300 miles of transmission line and hundreds of substations, along with caring for the association’s vast telecommunications network around the clock, falls on the shoulders of a key cadre of 200 Tri-State men and women comprising transmission maintenance, as well as the 14 members of the construction services group.
In addition to a long list of improvement projects that are underway this summer, these crews are responsible for maintaining 184 battery systems, 629 circuit breakers, 526 revenue meters, 1,129 relay schemes and 258 transformers, just to name a few of their daily duties. And that list continues to grow as Tri-State transfers member assets to its maintenance inventory under a policy approved by the association’s board of directors.
In order to efficiently service and maintain Tri-State’s power delivery and communications systems across the association’s 200,000-square-mile member service territory, the G&T’s transmission maintenance and construction crews are stationed at 22 field locations within three Tri-State regions.
Anchoring the eastern region is the Northern Colorado Maintenance Center in Frederick, Colo. As east-side transmission maintenance manager, Greg Britton oversees line, substation and telecom crews based throughout Wyoming, eastern Colorado and western Nebraska. Among the larger east-side field facilities are Cheyenne, Wyo., with a total of 19 employees and Brush, Colo., where nine Tri-Staters are based.
The hub of the western region of transmission maintenance is the Montrose, Colo., administration facility where approximately 40 employees are based. They are led by Mac Fellin, west-side transmission maintenance manager. In addition to Montrose, there are a total of six west-side field facilities, with the largest being in Pueblo, Colo., where 16 employees are stationed and Craig, Colo., where nine employees are assigned.
Most of Tri-State’s southern region transmission maintenance workforce is based at the Rio Rancho, N.M., field facility, located about 12 miles north of Albuquerque. Southern region transmission maintenance manager Mike Montano also oversees New Mexico-based field offices in Cimarron and Las Cruces.
The construction services group is managed by Dave Buckridge.
At least one of the reasons for Tri-State’s excellent record of reliability can be attributed to the dedication and hard work of the association’s transmission maintenance and construction services personnel.