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CMP Puts Rebuilt Transmission Line in Central Maine Back Into Service

AUGUSTA, Maine, May 30, 2013 — Central Maine Power, a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA, has put a 19.24 mile 115kV transmission line connecting the Detroit Substation in Detroit, Maine with the newly-constructed Albion Road Substation in Benton, Maine back into service. The rebuilt of Section 67 was a major component of the Maine Power Reliability Program (MPRP), a $1.4 billion upgrade of CMP’s bulk electric transmission system in Maine.


The connection of Section 67 into the new Albion Road Substation marks the final stages of construction for the substation.  A total of five existing 115kV transmission lines will be integrated into the Albion Road Substation over the next several months, providing increased capacity and reliability to the region.


Portions of Section 67 were rebuilt to optimize the existing utility corridor and make room for the new 345kV transmission line that extends from Orrington to Benton.  


“Section 67 is another example of CMP’s efforts to use existing corridors to their greatest extent while improving the reliability of the system,” said Doug Herling, CMP vice president of Special Projects and executive sponsor of the MPRP. “With both lines now in service, a long-standing corridor is now able to provide better service to our customers while building upon the legacy of our past.”


Construction was completed by crews under the direction of MYR Group, with many of the workers coming from right here in Maine.


Central Maine Power Company’s MPRP is a $1.4 billion investment in Maine’s bulk power transmission system. The most significant upgrade in more than four decades, the MRPP will ensure continued grid reliability and improved access to the region’s bulk power system for the state’s growing renewable and non-renewable energy industries. The five-year project includes the construction of four new substations with 345 kV autotransformers, one 345 kV switchyard, plus upgrades to more than 40 existing substations, and the installation or rebuilding of nearly 440 miles of transmission line in 75 communities from Eliot to Orrington. Since the start of construction in 2010, the MPRP has provided a timely stimulus to the Maine economy, employing nearly 2,700 workers among contractors, consultants and suppliers, plus as many as 900 more jobs through indirect and induced employment spurred by the construction spending. CMP expects to complete construction on the MPRP in mid-2015.


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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 seven times by J.D. Power and Associates. For more information, visit .


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