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Work begins on a smarter, stronger grid for Central Maine Power

 

Construction jobs and a new grid will be a shot in the arm for Maine’s economy

 

AUGUSTA, ME – July 27, 2010 – Central Maine Power Company has received the final federal permit to being work on a $1.4 billion investment in the company’s bulk power transmission system. With sign-off from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers now in hand, the company will begin mobilizing contractors within the next few weeks at several sites across central Maine.


“This will be one of the largest construction projects in Maine’s history,” said Sara Burns, CMP president, “Our state will have a smarter, stronger grid when it’s complete, but for the next five years, it will be a big boost for local employment and the state’s economy.”


The Maine Power Reliability Program (MPRP) will ensure long-term reliability and enable the development of new renewable energy resources by increasing the capacity and efficiency of the New England’s transmission grid. The project includes the construction of five new 345-kilovolt substations and related facilities linked by approximately 450 miles of new or rebuilt transmission lines. The southern end of the line ties into the New England grid near the New Hampshire border. It passes through 75 cities and towns, and the northern end interconnects with transmission lines from Canada in the central Maine town of Orrington. The company introduced the plan after a comprehensive study of the region’s electricity grid found problems that threatened the reliability of CMP’s system and surrounding areas.


 “While our investment is first and foremost to ensure reliability, this project will sustain an average of 2,000 new jobs during the five years of construction and generate an average of $60 million annually in wages and salary income for the Maine economy,” said Burns. “It’s infrastructure to serve Maine communities for generations, but in the short-term, it will also provide jobs when Maine people need work.”


The MPRP has also been reviewed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the New England Independent System Operator. The Maine Public Utilities Commission and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection approved the project earlier this year. CMP has also received local approvals in 50 communities. More information on the project can be found at www.mainepower.com/.
 

About Central Maine Power Company (CMP): Central Maine Power Company, a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA, is Maine’s largest electricity transmission and distribution utility. The company delivers about 9 billion kilowatt hours of electricity annually to more than 600,000 homes and businesses, representing about 80% of Maine’s annual consumer sales of electricity. The company has been ranked #1 in customer satisfaction three times by J.D. Power and Associates. Iberdrola USA, part of the Spanish-based Iberdrola Group, serves nearly 3 million gas and electric customers in five northeastern states through six subsidiaries in the region including CMP. For more information, visit cmpco.com. 

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