New Mason PUD 3 substation will help serve growing appetite for power

A new Mason PUD 3 substation in southeast Mason County, Wash., formally dedicated in July will help the PUD better serve the growing appetite for power in southeast Mason County, beginning with commercial and residential activity for the Squaxin Island Tribe in Washington State.

Expanded facilities at Taylor Shellfish, one of the county's largest employers will also benefit from greater capacity and reliability created by the new Totten substation, the PUD noted.

The total project cost was $3.9 million. The project costs were covered in part by capacity fee contributions from the Squaxin Island Tribe.

PUD 3 is covering 40% of the costs because of the benefits that the new substation provides in reliability and handling increased power needs.

Substation construction began August of last year. The substation was completed in February and underwent testing before the PUD started feeding customers with electricity from the facility in early June.

The entire area had previously been served by the existing Skookum substation, which at times had been pushed to near its capacity by increased commercial and residential activity, the PUD noted.

The Totten substation will handle some of the current power needs and increased energy demands.

Click here for a Mason PUD 3 video that offers additional information about the new substation.

The Totten substation is the newest in PUD 3’s service territory. The PUD has 12 substations in its service territory.