Tribe partners with GRDA to build electric substation in Shawnee


A new electrical substation has gone operational at Shawnee’s Iron Horse Industrial Park, courtesy of the Grand River Dam Authority and the Citizen Potawatomi Nation.

The two created a partnership to build the substation and locate it on the park that is owned by the Indian tribe.

The new facility allows the tribe to provide power directly to its tenants, CPN Electrical Department Director Justin Whitecotton said.

“There are no outside entities involved; tenants are only dealing with the tribe when they build at Iron Horse,” he said. “Plus, the facility is designed to grow along with our tenants.”

The power station sends as much as 13.8kV of power to new electrical lines at the park, said GRDA Customer Services Manager Cameron Philpott. It can supply up to 20 megawatts, which is enough to power more than 170 average-sized industrial sites.

Bringing the station online means CPN can provide power for production and manufacturing to the industrial park’s first customer, Pro Pipe LLC.

The 700-acre Iron Horse Industrial Park provides direct access to the national rail network and highway system, and offers all utilities for light industry, manufacturing and assembly – including high-speed telecommunications.


Source: CPN news release

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