Newark, OH: Licking Rural Electrification, Inc., (dba) The Energy Cooperative (TEC), recently completed construction of a new distribution substation in southwestern Licking County. The newly energized substation is known as the Hazelton substation and replaces TEC’s older Beechwood substation. The Hazelton substation, located on Hollow Road in Pataskala, was built to enhance service reliability and help meet the energy needs of the fast-growing area.

“We have witnessed rapid growth in western Licking County over the past decade,” said Todd Ware, president/CEO of TEC. “In addition to the recent construction of our Smith’s Mill substation in New Albany, the Hazelton substation is part of our long-term plan to address system reliability, substantial residential growth, and increased commercial capacity needs.”

Hazelton substation has 20 MVA of transformation capacity expandable to 40 MVA. The current 20 MVA capacity is equivalent to serving roughly 3,200 homes. The station is fed from a much more reliable 138 kV (138,000 Volt) transmission line. Hazelton substation will also be one of the first of TEC’s stations to have supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA).

“Helping to bring a project like this to completion is certainly rewarding,” said Gary Glover, VP/COO of Electric Operations for TEC. “All of the employees and line construction workers who contributed to the substation worked hard to do a good, safe job throughout the entire process. It’s nice to see this project succeed. We are all looking forward to the improvement to service reliability that our Hazelton substation will bring.”

All communications and outage maps will now refer to the area previously referred to as Beechwood as the Hazelton Substation.


Pictured is The Energy Cooperative’s Hazelton Substation in Licking County.