Stepping it up!

Backup transformer continues reliability of the electric grid

There is more than meets the eye with this 283,000-pound transformer at Hoosier Energy’s coal-fired power plant. This equipment is in place to step-up or boost the energy being generated at the station before it is put onto the electric grid. 

But what if this vital equipment fails? 

There is not a “transformer store” that the electric cooperative can go to purchase a new one on the spot. It can take as long as a year to repair or replace a piece of equipment like this. For this reason, Hoosier Energy keeps a backup on-site.  

Mark Hall, a substation design engineer at Hoosier Energy, said, “It is wise and responsible to be prepared. In this case, we save time and money while increasing reliability of the grid.”