New Substation Energized

Posted: October 1, 2021 at 10:03 am

The new Dawson’s Crossroads Substation was energized on August 18! Located in the southeastern part of Halifax County,
this substation serves members in the communities of Dawson, Hill’s Crossroad, Moonlight, Pecan Grove, and Five Mile Fork as well as members located on Highway 125 going into Scotland Neck.
It replaces the old Dawson’s Substation which was completed in 1976 and is located approximately ½ mile west of the existing station on Thirteen Bridges Road. Construction of the new substation took 15 months.
Reliability was the main driver for construction of the new Dawson’s Crossroads substation. The old substation was fed from
a long Dominion Energy distribution line coming from the utility’s substation in Scotland Neck. The 34.5 kV line ran through many wooded areas including a swamp, and was prone to outages and long restoration times due to crews often needing specialized equipment to gain access to the swamp. The new substation is connected to a new Dominion Energy transmission line that offers the ability to be served from two directions thus providing your cooperative with an opportunity to improve service reliability in the Dawson area.
The new substation was planned, designed, and constructed to allow cost effective expansion when needed and improved maintenance capabilities. It will also allow HEMC to provide backup service to both the Sam’s Head Substation and the eastern half of the Cox Substation in Enfield.
The completion of the new Dawson’s Substation is one more step in continuing to meet your needs for safe, reliable, and affordable power.