Alton Sommerfield - Electric Superintendent - Office: 979-337-7422
The City's Electric Department is responsible for the operation and maintenance of 119 miles of distribution feeder lines. We focus on the specific needs of our customers by providing excellent electric service reliability and quick response time to power outages.
The City receives electricity from the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) through transmission lines running to the City's two substations. In these substations, electricity is "stepped down" from 138,000kv transmission voltage to 7,200kv distribution voltage. The electric system distributes that power throughout the City and it is eventually reduced to the required voltage levels by transformers placed at each home or business.
Lineman working at Electric Sub-station
The electric department serves more than 6,900 customers. The customer service department is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you notice any low or downed power lines, street lights out, experience a power outage or have any other electrical problem, call our offices at 979-337-7400 any time.
On October 7, 2010, Brenham City Council passed an amendment to Chapter 26 Utilities Section of the Code of Ordinances adding Electric Utility Distributed Generation, also called on-site generation. Distributed Generation reduces the amount of energy lost in transmitting electricity. This is due to the fact that the electricity is generated near where it is used, generally in the same building.
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BEFORE YOU DIG - DIAL 811. IT'S THE LAW!!!
Color codes for Utilities Markings
- Water Blue
- Sewer Green
- Gas Yellow
- Electric Red
Digging can be dangerous. There are buried utilities throughout the city. Hitting a utility line can be both dangerous and costly. Without knowing the locations of the buried utilities, you jeopardize your safety as well as others and the inconvenience of being without the service.
Before beginning any project that requires you to move earth, DIAL 811. This is a free service available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The locate center will contact the city and the utility departments will mark their lines within 2 business days. Wait the required time - at least 2 business days. Once lines are marked, dig with care and dig safely by hand-digging within 18 inches of any marking.