Business & Real Estate

SMUD to build substation adjacent to aging Sacramento facility

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District said Thursday that it will construct a new local substation, a $76 million project that it says will enhance power reliability to downtown, midtown and the utility’s electric grid.

SMUD said construction of the Station E Substation – in the Boulevard Park neighborhood area, north of 20th and C Streets – is expected to begin in 2019 and be completed in 2020.

The substation will replace the neighboring North City Substation, which is more than 60 years old and at the end of its use cycle.

SMUD officials said the new substation will “enhance reliability for customers in the midtown neighborhoods as well as provide vital backup support to downtown Sacramento.”

They added that the facility fits in with the city of Sacramento’s future growth plans, which include anticipated, increased demand for power.

In addition to the construction of the new substation, SMUD said it also is cleaning up land at the site it purchased in 2013. When excavation began in 2015, burn waste buried at the site decades ago was uncovered.

The Sacramento utility said it is paying about $13 million to clean the site and prepare it for substation construction. Clean up includes removal of waste and replacing it with fill material, a process co-developed with Sacramento County and state regulatory agencies.

Before work begins, SMUD said it will communicate with nearby residents and others via mailings, meetings and website posts. The utility anticipates commencing waste clean up at the site this spring.

Mark Glover: 916-321-1184, @markhglover