Major investments being made in Anoka’s electric system

This year Anoka will continue to make significant investments in its electric utility system to accommodate growing needs in the industrial park and developing northern part of the city.

The Anoka City Council April 7 approved a bid of $427,499 from Granite City Construction for electrical substation construction.

The existing substation serving the Enterprise Park will be renovated to allow for the conversion from a 69 kilovolt to 115 kilovolt delivery system.

According to Utility Director Dan Voss, this will relieve load on Great River Energy’s existing 69 kV line from Elk River to Hanson Boulevard.

A new substation will also be built at Garfield Street and Sixth Avenue, where the city recently purchased 12 acres from the state. Voss said this new substation will provide additional power to the industrial park along with supporting growth along Seventh Avenue and the area around the Northstar Commuter Rail station.

Total cost for both substations is estimated at $3.4 million, according Voss.

The council also unanimously voted to accept a bid from Castrejon Inc. to install electric conduits underground from the new Garfield substation and along Castle Field Boulevard.

According to Voss, several of the conduits will be used to convert the overhead electrical line north of Anoka High School between Sixth Avenue and the wind turbine site to allow for the construction of the new Castle Field Boulevard. Conduits will also be used to bury overhead lines from Sixth Avenue to the high school soccer fields along Seventh Avenue. The overhead line at the Castle Field parking lot will also be removed.

The conduit installation will cost $200,000.

Anoka has also agreed to a lease with Great River Energy to continue using the property Anoka recently bought from the state as an equipment staging area for GRE’s 115 kV line construction project.

Mandy Moran Froemming is at [email protected]