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The Phoenix metropolitan area continues to be a fast-growing urban area, with an ever-increasing demand for electricity. We’re developing power lines and siting new facilities to help meet this demand.   
   
   
    
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​Arizona Public Service Company (APS) is in the early stages of determining a route for a new 69 kilovolt (kV) electric substation in downtown Phoenix.
 
Voltage: 69/12kV
 
Estimated completion date: Site location 2018, substation complete 2021
 
Location: Downtown Phoenix
 
project need
Ensure reliable and adequate power for the vibrant and growing downtown Phoenix community.
 
project description
The electric system serving downtown Phoenix is made up of multiple substations and power lines. These substations are located in residential and commercial areas. The loss of any one of the 69kV lines or substations may result in power outages in the area until repairs can be made. Outages are often a result of powerful storms in the area or even vehicle accidents. Adding new facilities will improve reliability and help ensure APS has adequate power available to meet the electrical needs in the vibrant and growing downtown area.
 
To maintain reliable electric service and accommodate future load growth, APS plans to add a few new substations in the downtown area over the next several years. APS’s initial and more immediate need is to acquire a one-acre property for a new substation in the area roughly defined as 7th Street to Central Ave, Fillmore Street to Moreland Street. This new substation will require new 69 kV power lines to connect into the existing electrical system currently serving the area. These power lines will connect the new substation to the existing 69 kV overhead power lines along Roosevelt Street.
 
your input is important to aps
An important component of this process is to gather input from residents, tenants, property owners, businesses, and community organizations within the study area. A set of three open houses are schedule and will allow members of the public and all interested parties to join APS and talk one-on-one about the need and benefits of the project, and provide input on potential sites for the project as well as architectural design elements.
Following the first set of open houses, APS will evaluate the input gathered and analyze potential locations for this new substation. After the data has been analyzed, APS will hold a second round of briefings to share information and discuss possible alternatives with local jurisdictional leaders and affected stakeholders. We anticipate multiple meetings and several public open house events before finalizing the site selection.
public open house events
You're invited to a public open house to learn about APS's plans to power downtown Phoenix's continued growth with safe, clean and reliable energy:
 
  • Tuesday, February 27, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Roosevelt Community Church, 924 N. 1st Street
  • Friday, March 9, from 7 to 9 a.m. at MonOrchid, 214 E. Roosevelt Street
  • Thursday, March 15, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Virginia G. Piper Auditorium, 550 E. VanBuren Street

project updates
Throughout the planning process, this webpage will be maintained with the latest information.  Question or comments on the Project can be directed to Kendra Lee, APS Program Manager at 602-371-7872 or by email at downtown.substations@aps.com. We look forward to your feedback.
 
related documents 
 
north peoria 69kV power line siting
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estimated completion date
location
69 kV
2021
North Peoria
project need
Build four new substations and interconnecting 69kV power lines

project description​
Arizona Public Service Company (APS) is developing a plan to build new energy facilities to better serve the growing population in the northern region of Peoria. APS continually monitors its electrical system and, when necessary, adds or upgrades facilities. These improvements enhance reliability and help ensure that an adequate supply of electric power is available to customers.
To maintain reliable electric service and accommodate future load growth, APS has determined the need to build new substations and associated 69 kilovolt (kV) power lines in the North Peoria region, as shown within the study area on the map below. These facilities would generally be located within or adjacent to the new Vistancia North, Lake Pleasant Heights, and Saddleback Heights developments. A network of 69kV power lines would be constructed to bring power from existing substations and power lines near the east side of the study area and provide possible connections for new sources of power near the northwest side of the study area.
 
A total of four new substations and interconnecting 69kV power lines are included in this siting process. APS anticipates the first substation (Substation W03) and related 69kV lines to be in service in 2021, located near the Vistancia North and Lake Pleasant Heights developments (see Phase 1, Substation W03 Siting area on the map below). Although the remaining three substations and interconnecting lines are part of this siting effort, it is anticipated that these facilities would not need to be constructed for 5 to 10 (or more) years, based on current housing development projections. ​

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​project planning
It is anticipated that the new segments of the 69kV power lines would be built on steel poles, with either a single 69kV circuit configuration or a double 69kV circuit configuration (three wires per circuit). The new 69kV power lines may be constructed in a new alignment or added in areas where lines already exist. In most cases, if there are existing facilities they would be rebuilt on the new poles to consolidate structures. It is anticipated that any new poles would be approximately 65 feet in height.
 
The line segments would require a right-of-way or easement approximately 40 to 60 feet in width to construct, operate, and maintain the facilities.
 
project map
 

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public input is important
An important component of this siting process is to gather input from residents, tenants, property owners, and businesses within the study area. After completing the first set of open houses, and reviewing comments and input, a second round of open houses will be scheduled, and will again allow members of the public and all interested parties to join APS and talk one-on-one about the need and benefits of the project, and solicit input on the project.
 
Following this second round of open houses, APS and EPG will review all additional public comments submitted. After consideration of the additional comments and a more detailed engineering evaluation, APS will select the final power line routes and substation locations. A third and final newsletter will be prepared and distributed to the public and key stakeholders. This final newsletter will illustrate the selected final power line routes and substation locations and the anticipated schedule for construction.
 
project updates
 
Throughout the planning process, this webpage will be maintained with the latest information. Comments can be submitted directly through the comment form or to Stephen Eich, APS Siting Consultant, at NorthPeoriaSiting@apsc.com. Comments also can be provided by phone at 1 (888) 352-4365.
 

   

   

   

   

completed projects
Our completed power line and facility siting projects will go a long way toward meeting our state’s ever-increasing demand for electricity.

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