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Saco Bay Electric Grid Improvements Reach Milestone as CMP Energizes New Substation in Old Orchard Beach
AUGUSTA, Maine, August 10, 2012 — Central Maine Power Company (CMP), a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA, has energized a new substation in Old Orchard Beach, part of a major project to increase capacity and improve reliability of the electric grid in the Saco Bay region. Located near Smithwheel Road, the Vallee Lane Substation is the second of two new stations the company has built to serve the communities of Biddeford, Old Orchard Beach, Saco, and Scarborough.
The Valley Lane Substation steps down the feed from a 115,000 volt transmission line to support a local network of 34,500 volt transmission lines and substations. In addition to the Valley Lane substation, the $30 million Saco Bay Reinforcement Project includes two, seven-mile transmission lines operating at 115,000 volts and 34,500 volts, a 115,000 volt to 12,500 volt substation in the Saco Industrial Park, and improvements at other substations in the area.
“The Vallee Lane Substation brings a 115,000 volt feed into the heart of the Saco Bay region to improve power quality and reliability for residents and businesses,” said Joe Purington, CMP’s director of System Operations. “We will have a more capacity to support the local transmission network, ensuring better power quality and capacity to serve growth in Old Orchard Beach, Saco, Scarborough, and Biddeford.”
Central Maine Power Company began construction on the Saco Bay project last fall after a five-year review by state and local authorities. Earlier this year, the Goosefare Substation on Industrial Park Road in Saco was put into service. With the new substation at Vallee Lane energized, the final connections to the 34,500 volt local transmission network and four distribution substations will begin. CMP expects to complete the project in the fall 2012.
“We are building a stronger, smarter grid with the support of our parent company, Iberdrola USA,” says Purington. “We will invest nearly $500 million this year to improve our system, and our projects like this one in Saco and elsewhere are creating thousands of construction jobs, while ensuring long-term grid reliability and capacity for growth.”
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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 six times by J.D. Power and Associates. For more information, visit www.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.