BrightRidge CEO Jeff Dykes said the substation is “a sign of growth” in the area and would “alleviate pressure” on two heavily-loaded substations in Jonesborough and west Johnson City. Those circuits power some of BrightRidge’s largest customers, including East Tennessee State University, Johnson City Medical Center and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center at Mountain Home.
Officials said the new substation, which is the 31st to be operational for the utility, was built on time and within budget. Board member Bob Cantler said BrightRidge was being proactive and transitioning to “smart” technology with the new substation.
“It’s exciting to see where we are going,” he said.
Construction on the Midway substation began late last year.