You’ve heard it on the news, and it’s no different for the PUD. Many essential items are either out of stock, delayed months to a year, and/or drastically increased in price. Right now there is an industrywide shortage of electric distribution transformers. Every utility is dealing with it. What it means for Jefferson PUD is there may be delays in installing transformers for residential service. As of January 1, the PUD’s backstock of residential transformers is all but depleted. Staff is working to re-purpose unused transformers in the field where possible. Orders have been placed for new transformers, with March being the soonest delivery date offered. Prices for the transformers have quadrupled. Staff is reviewing construction rates with the BOC.
Pictured Below: Crews replace a transformer near North Beach in Port Townsend during the snow event in early January.