Distributing Stations
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Distributing Stations: Delivering Power to the People
Powered by receiving stations, distributing stations are the last link in the high-voltage chain. They deliver their current to the community that surrounds them, usually in the form of 4,800-volt feeder lines which leave the station on top of poles, or are buried underground. The lines loop out in a vast circuit, stringing together businesses and homes, where the current is generally stepped down to 240 volts on a pole-mounted transformer. There are currently more than 120 standard distributing stations operated by DWP (and another few dozen small pole-top versions) each with a numerical designation. Most also have a name, derived from the street location, or the community they are in. The older ones look like temples of infrastructure, solid architectural fixtures facing the street. More recent ones are constructed in a style meant to blend in, intending perhaps to be unnoticed.