What We've Got
Central Lincoln People's Utility
District (PUD) is a publicly-owned, not-for-profit electric utility serving a
120-mile-long section of the central Oregon coast. Our District includes
portions of Lincoln, Lane, Douglas and Coos counties, and the cities of Depoe
Bay, Siletz, Toledo, Newport, Waldport, Yachats, Florence, Dunes City and
Reedsport. We have a fiber optic/microwave system that we use to communicate
with our various offices, warehouses, substations, and other sites.
Parts of this system we've built on our own, and parts have
been built as joint venture projects with other entities. The system has grown
steadily as we've identified more communications needs to support our electric
Our District has three main areas of operation...Newport,
Florence and Reedsport. Our communications system currently consists of fiber
optic cable systems in each of those three main areas, and those are linked
together via our fiber optic cable and digital microwave equipment.
How We Use It
We use this communications
platform in a variety of ways. It is the backbone of our Supervisory Control
And Data Acquisition (SCADA) system. That system connects our electrical
equipment in the field with a central office location. This allows us to
reduce outage times, increase worker safety, extend substation equipment life,
and improve system design efficiencies.
We also use the system for voice, data and radio
communications. District-wide, our people and computers can communicate freely
to reduce operational costs and increase responsiveness and reliability.
What's In The Future?
We are continuing to integrate our system more fully with Bonneville Power Administration (BPA),
from whom we purchase all of the electricity we distribute. This will allow for further efficiencies
in power supply and transmission.
BPA currently has a fiber optic system that runs from the
Willamette Valley, comes within a few miles of our Florence office, continues
to the southern end of our District, and returns to the I-5 corridor.
We have built a fiber optic connection from our Florence
office to the BPA fiber system. We also have built a fiber optic connection
from our Northern Division termination point in Yachats to our Florence
office. This provides a redundant path for District operational needs and a
backup path for the digital microwave system.
Additionally, we plan to build fiber optic connections (spurs)
from our substations to District fiber routes or BPA fiber routes. The four
remaining spurs will bring additional substations into our SCADA system, and
are part of our long-range plans.
Can Anyone Else Use It?
As this communications system is
built and upgraded, it makes good economic sense to plan for the future by
building more capacity than we need today. At times, then, we have surplus
capacity that we're allowed by law to lease to outside entities. (Our Board
of Directors must establish that there is, in fact, a surplus, and they also
establish the rates.) It has been our practice to lease to cities,
counties, and private telecommunications providers.
We cannot manage telecommunications for others, but can only
lease "dark fiber." Any interconnection to our surplus dark fiber may
necessitate a line extension, electronic equipment, and a co-location
agreement. These costs must all be borne by the connecting entity, in addition
to any dark fiber lease.
For More Information, Contact:
IT/Communications Dept. • Central Lincoln PUD • P.O. Box 1126 • Newport, OR 97365 • 541-574-2006