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Central Maine Power Accepts Final Wood Pole Delivery for Maine Power Reliability Program
AUGUSTA, Maine, July 10, 2013 — Central Maine Power Company (CMP), a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA, has reached another milestone in construction of its Maine Power Reliability Program (MPRP), a $1.4 billion upgrade of its bulk electric transmission system in Maine.
After a 3,200-mile journey by truck from the Bellingham, Washington, the last shipment of nine wooden poles out of a total of 7,805 poles arrived at the company’s construction materials yard in Leeds, Maine. The poles — between 55 and 60 feet tall — will be installed on 115-kilovolt (kV) transmission lines being rebuilt in parts of Androscoggin and Franklin Counties.
“CMP is building a smarter, stronger grid for Maine, and this final pole delivery represents a key milestone for the project,” said Doug Herling, vice president of Special Projects for CMP. “We purchased more than 7,800 poles, which we believe was one of the largest orders ever for a single project.”
The 7,805 wood and wood-laminate poles will support 442 miles of new and rebuilt transmission line for the MPRP. The new and upgraded lines connect six new substations, four new autotransformers, and dozens of other upgraded CMP facilities.
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. The project is scheduled to be completed in 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 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.