Tim Smith helps engineer solutions for expanding community

Posted | November 28, 2016

As businesses expand and new ones open, utilities like LG&E and KU keep pace by ensuring their growing energy needs can be met safely and reliably.

Employees like Tim Smith, lead engineer, Systems Analysis and Planning, and many others across the business play an important role in planning for the future and enhancing the customer experience.

For an example of such teamwork, look no further than the Lexington Area Major Projects. The 18-month, $8 million investment was designed to strengthen the electric system to accommodate increased customer load for the southwest downtown area of the city. This extensive and complex project required close coordination between multiple work groups, including System, Planning, Transmission, Distribution and Substations.

The primary mission of LG&E and KU’s work was to upgrade the infrastructure’s operating voltage from 4.16 kilovolts to 12.47 kilovolts, providing a common voltage, increased capacity and enhanced system reliability. The work included a variety of tasks in substations and on distribution circuits which serve individual homes and growing businesses in the area.

One of Smith’s current projects is a $2 million substation expansion in Corbin, Kentucky to accommodate the increased demand expected from two large companies locating to the Whitley County area.

“Planning for the future and meeting our customers’ needs are two sides of the same coin,” said Smith. “Strengthening reliability to support continued economic development in Kentucky is just another way our energies go to serving our customers.