Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative’s West John Day Substation has a new transformer. The equipment was installed June 19 at a cost of nearly $700,000, replacing a bank of transformers originally built in 1947. “The new transformer will ensure reliable service for the John Day area, and is an important upgrade to the OTEC transmission system in Grant County,” said Charlie Tracy, systems engineer. Installing an entirely new transformer is a relatively rare occurrence for OTEC, and was done only after extensive testing determined that the existing transformer was nearing the end of its effective use and needed to be replaced. From left are director of engineering Bill DeLashmutt, Tracy, and substation foreman Gene Nelson.

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