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CMP transmission upgrade receives first local approvals
AUGUSTA, ME - March 19, 2009 – Central Maine Power Company has received the first local land use approvals from two of the 78 towns along the path of the Maine Power Reliability Project. The Burnham Planning Board approved the company’s plan in January, and the Clinton Planning Board completed its review in February. This month, the project has received additional land use approvals in Searsport and Jay.
“We’re updating a 40-year-old system to keep it reliable,” said Sara Burns, CMP president, “but we need to gain the approval of local, state, regional, and federal officials to get that done. These initial approvals are a positive sign of our commitment to work with neighbors and town officials to address local concerns.”
CMP’s Maine Power Reliability Program includes the construction of six new 345-kilovolt substations and related facilities linked by approximately 500 miles of new or rebuilt transmission lines. The lines run through 78 cities and towns from Eliot to Orrington, Maine.
CMP introduced the plan after a comprehensive study of the region’s electricity grid found that weaknesses in the existing system could create significant risks to reliability without significant changes in demand patterns, transmission capacity, or new supply. Along with transmission investments, CMP’s proposal includes recommendations to encourage alternatives to transmission, such as new generation, or programs to manage the growth in peak electricity demand.
“While these investments are first and foremost to ensure reliability, the project will also add critical capacity in our system for the state’s growing renewable electricity industry,” said Burns. “The construction alone will create about 3,300 jobs per year during the peak years of construction and inject an annual average of $61 million in wages and salary income into the Maine economy during the four years of construction.”
CMP will also need approval from the Maine Public Utilities Commission and environmental permits from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection and the Army Corps of Engineers.
About CMP: Central Maine Power, a subsidiary of Energy East Corporation, operates more than 25,000 miles of power lines and other facilities that deliver electricity to 80 percent of Maine’s population. Web site: www.cmpco.com.
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