Baylor University

Remarks of Rick L. Creel, associate vice president for operations and facilities, at the dedication of Baylor's Electric Substation Dec. 9, 2004.

Feb. 4, 2005

Thank you for being here today and sharing this important event with us, the dedication of the new Baylor Electric Substation.

The substation provided necessary infrastructure for expansion of facilities in the Baylor 2012 Vision and well into the future. The new buildings recently constructed could not have been placed into service without it.

Planning for the substation began in May 2002 and it was energized to the campus on April 18, 2004. The cost is $2.7 million with a projected payback of five years

Approximately 70 million kilowatt hours will be run through the substation in the first 12 months. The project is an example of good financial stewardship of Baylor resources

The primary general contractor of the substation was TXU Energy Services. Oncor erected the 138,000-volt transmission lines to the substation at no cost to Baylor, and right of ways for the transmission line were made possible through cooperation of the City of Waco and F.M. Young. Several local contractors were used in the construction.

The close proximity of the transmission lines across the Brazos River made the project feasible.

The substation enables the purchase of electricity at a lower rate with a projected annual savings of $600,000. Reliability of electric service is improved resulting in fewer outages for the campus

The substation is connected to the campus electrical grid through a new high voltage underground feeder. Several hundred feet of overhead lines were removed in the project resulting in a more aesthetically pleasing campus.

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