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CMP Transmission-Line Project Creates Jobs in Augusta Area
AUGUSTA, Maine, April 19, 2011 — An engineering firm in Augusta is among nearly 120 Maine companies that are adding jobs to support the Maine Power Reliability Program, or MPRP. The MPRP is Central Maine Power Company’s (CMP) $1.4 billion upgrade to its transmission system.
RLC Engineering grew from a staff of three to 10 in order to conduct the complex studies necessary to assess the needs of CMP’s system then determine the most effective solution. The firm has expanded its client base and more than doubled its staff since those initial studies. It now employs about two dozen people.
“The MPRP been a tremendous boost to our business,” said Rick Conant, manager of Power System Studies for RLC Engineering. “Our experience on this project definitely played a key role in our company growth.”
CMP’s MPRP includes the construction of five new 345-kilovolt substations and related facilities linked by approximately 440 miles of new transmission lines. The project will reinforce the company’s 40-year-old system and create greater capacity for the integration of new generation in the New England region.
It is the largest construction project ever undertaken in Maine. A 2009 study of the economic impacts of the project by the Maine Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Southern Maine estimated that direct employment on the project could spur as many as 800 more jobs in indirect employment. Signs of these indirect benefits have already spread quickly to communities along the transmission route as local businesses began catering to the workers preparing transmission corridors for construction.
“We’re building a stronger, smarter grid for Maine,” said Sara Burns, president of Central Maine Power Company. “About 1,000 people have worked on this project to date, and we expect as many as 1,000 more jobs will be added in this next phase of construction. The Maine Power Reliability Program is creating jobs when Maine really needs them, and it ensures Maine will have an efficient, reliable grid with benefits for consumers and the environment long into the future.”
More information on RLC Engineering can be found at its web site: (http://www.rlc-eng.com/). Additional information about the Maine Power Reliability Program can be found on the project’s Web site at http://www.mainepower.com.
About CMP and Iberdrola USA: CMP, a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA, is Maine’s largest electricity transmission and distribution company, serving more than 600,000 customers. The company has been ranked #1 in customer satisfaction three times by J.D. Power and Associates. Iberdrola USA, a subsidiary of global energy leader Iberdrola, S.A., is an energy services and delivery company with more than 2.4 million customers in upstate New York and New England. We are a team of dedicated individuals working as one to deliver value to our customers, employees and shareholders. By providing outstanding customer service and exceptional reliability, while holding safety and the environment in high regard, we aspire to be a world-class energy company.
For more information, visit www.cmpco.com and www.iberdrolausa.com.