Licking Rural Electrification (LRE)
Licking Rural Electrification (LRE) provides safe, reliable electricity to 25,021 members in nine counties of Central Ohio. In 2014, LRE added 270 new services to its system. LRE owns, operates, and maintains 32 miles of transmission line, 3,072 miles of distribution lines, 19 substations, and three switching stations.
Safety is the highest priority for our employees and the general public. In 2013, LRE was re-certified for RESAP (Rural Electric Safety Accreditation Program) receiving very high marks. This program identifies the strengths and weaknesses within the operations of the electric division. As part of the RESAP this year we developed a three year Safety Improvement Plan to target areas that need improvement. As part of LRE’s educational program, we present Electric Safety Demonstrations to schools, first responders and during community events. As of December 31, 2014, LRE has gone 3,049 days (8.4 years) without a lost time accident. This is a safety accomplishment we are extremely proud of.
In 2014, a decision was made to build a new substation in the New Albany/Johnstown area. Capacity limitations and reliability concerns for the member/ owners in the areas of Johnstown, New Albany, and Beechwood prompted this decision. We anticipate energizing this station by July 2015. LRE has several programs designed to improve reliability and extend the life of our existing facilities. Our pole inspection program is one example. We inspect and treat about ten percent of our poles each year, identifying decayed and dangerous poles. This helps reduce the number of outages and increases safety for the general public. This year alone we inspected 5,726 poles. In addition to pole inspections, we are replacing cutouts* that have been identified as defective. This proactive program has proven to exponentially decrease outages. LRE replaced a total of 1,099 cutouts this year. In 2014, we continued to add animal protection to our poles and transformers to eliminate outages created by small animals. Inspecting a percentage of our underground facilities each year also has allowed us to identify problems inside pad-mounted transformers and secondary cabinets before they fail. In 2014, we trimmed 400 miles of line, mowed 198 miles, and applied herbicide to 133 miles of rightof- way to retard the growth of undesired vegetation. We removed a total of 4,727 dangerous trees from the system that could have posed a reliability concern. We are currently on a five year vegetation program rotation cycle. These are just a few of the programs in place to provide safe, reliable electric energy to our member/owners.o apply for new electric service, please click here.