Anza Electric Cooperative makes long-term upgrades to grid

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Anza Electric Cooperative Lineman Sandy King demonstrates pole top cover equipment. The new pole tops are part of a long-term upgrade project by the Anza Electric Cooperative. Anza Valley Outlook/Courtesy photo
ANZA – Ductile iron power poles, fiberglass cross-arms and wildlife protection devices are some of the innovative components that are part of a long-term upgrade project by the Anza Electric Cooperative, according to the member-owned utility’s operations manager Brian Baharie. “Our goal is to improve our system over time in a responsible and cost-effective way,” he said. “These new products are the type of technology that will provide improved performance, endurance, and stability for the entire network, while at the same time making it more fire resistant.” Ductile iron poles have been around since the 1990s, but recent improvements in design and composition now make them the industry standard.  They can be fabricated to uniform strength, coated for weather and moisture
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