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CMP Starts Work on Somerset County Reinforcements
AUGUSTA, Maine, November 21, 2011 — Central Maine Power Company (CMP) crews have begun construction on a project that will enhance service to customers in Somerset County. The Somerset County Reinforcement Project involves building a new 39-mile, 115-kilovolt (kV) transmission line from Moscow to Benton.
“This project is yet another example of the Company’s investments for a stronger, smarter grid in Maine,” says President Sara Burns. “Our work to strengthen the grid in Somerset County is part of more than $500 million in system investments CMP has planned for 2011 alone.”
The line will be a single-circuited single wood pole construction, with structures spaced about 450 feet apart. Pole heights will generally average 70 to 80 feet. CMP expects to install about 465 structures in all. To minimize impact on abutters and the environment, the line will be built parallel to an existing line in an established corridor.
In granting a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for the project this summer, the Maine Public Utilities Commission concluded that it meets reliability needs and will benefit Maine ratepayers. The Commission’s approval followed a 12-month review process that ended with an agreement among CMP, the Office of the Public Advocate, the Conservation Law Foundation, Highland Wind LLC, the Penobscot Indian Nation, NextEra Energy, and the Maine Renewable Energy Association.
Along with the new transmission line, the project involves adding a 115 kV terminal with breakers and expanding the existing control house at Wyman Hydro Substation in Moscow.
The project cost of roughly $33 million will be shared by utility customers throughout New England. The portion of the costs paid by CMP’s customers will be only about 7 percent.
The first pole for the new line was set in Moscow Monday morning, and work on the Wyman Hydro Substation began last week. The project is scheduled for completion in the spring of 2012.
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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. For more information, visit cmpco.com .
About Iberdrola USA: Iberdrola USA, a subsidiary of global energy leader Iberdrola, S.A., is an energy services and delivery company serving more than 2.4 million customers in upstate New York and New England. For more information about Iberdrola USA, visit www.iberdrolausa.com.