From the Municipal Files #1

By David Dahle; posted July 22, 2020

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Municipal utilities out here in the north-central US are quite often shoe-string operations, as many of the towns that have either kept or switched over to municipally owned systems are often too small to have more than one employee in their electrical line department - the superintendent. That often leads to certain ''economies'' taken in building and and maintaining the distribution systems. That said, there are some towns with municipal utilities that are sufficiently large to have a properly staffed and trained line department (the 'critical mass' seems to be a couple thousand people or so). Here, we have a pole on a municipal 2400V delta system (population ~100), but only one of the two phases tapped for the transformer has a cutout.