CHEYENNE, Wyo. – April 15, 2019 – Black Hills Energy’s contract crews are beginning work on a multi-year project in Cheyenne to replace aging underground electrical cable. The scope of the project will include the northeast area of Cheyenne as well as the South Greeley Highway area.
“This is a proactive effort to replace aging cable, which in some cases is nearly 40 years old,”
“This is a proactive effort to replace aging cable, which in some cases is nearly 40 years old,” says Black Hills’ electric operations manager, Dustin McKen. “The insulation on the old cable can begin to crack due to age, which can cause power outages. This maintenance effort is necessary for Black Hills Energy to continue to provide our customers with safe and reliable electrical service.”
Customers in the upgrade areas will be notified in advance by Black Hills Energy by letters and postcards mailed to their homes. In addition, contract crews will go door-to-door providing notification prior to beginning work as the work will require access to customers’ front and backyards. To minimize yard disturbances, Black Hills’ crews will be using a trenchless technique of replacing underground cable called horizontal directional boring.
“This technique is safe and efficient and results in minimal ground disruption,”
“This technique is safe and efficient and results in minimal ground disruption,” said McKen. “We will also be taking before and after photographs as we work to ensure that we leave the area in the same or better shape than we found it.”
Black Hills Energy has contracted the infrastructure project to Titan Electric, crews will be using vehicles marked as Black Hills Energy contractors and will also be wearing photo identification cards.