Training Field Wire Cutting

Training Field Wire Cutting

Group cutting a power line to celebrate the new training field

On May 18, approximately 70 people gathered at Midland Power Cooperative’s headquarters to celebrate the opening of the cooperative’s power line training field with a ceremonial cutting of a power line. The 5.5 acre training facility in Jefferson features three-phase and single-phase distribution power lines constructed using both overhead and underground lines, multiple types of metering, and areas for trenching, boring and performing underground locating, as well as a pole climbing area. The co-op also plans to add an area that features an interconnected distributed generation system.

The training field will not only benefit Midland Power, but will also be available to others for education, training and/or testing purposes. It features various distribution power line infrastructure equipment and has the capability of being energized for true-to-life work experience.

This facility was made possible through Midland Power Cooperative’s commitment to safety and training, along with collaboration from the Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives, and support from RESCO and various industry vendors, including

  • Pro-Tech Power Sales
  • Brooks Manufacturing Co.
  • Maclean Power Systems
  • Moehn Electrical Sales Co.
  • Nordic Fiberglass, Inc.
  • Nexans
  • Hubbell Power Systems
  • 3M Company
  • Siemens
  • Concast
  • Advanced Rubber Products Division
  • Preformed Line Products
  • Geotek PUPI
  • Hendrix Molded Products
  • Marmon Utility LLC
  • Energy Solutions, Inc.
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