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Upgraded Livermore Falls Substation Now in Service
AUGUSTA, Maine, May 22, 2014 — Central Maine Power Co., a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA, has put its upgraded Livermore Falls Substation into service. The $17 million project is part of the company’s $1.4 billion Maine Power Reliability Program (MPRP). The facility now has the capacity to interconnect five 115,000 volt (115 kV) transmission lines that supply the distribution network serving communities Androscoggin, Franklin, Kennebec, and Oxford counties.
“This upgrade at the Livermore Falls Substation represents another milestone in our project to improve the reliability of our system for homes and businesses throughout the region,” said Doug Herling, CMP Vice President and Executive Sponsor of the MPRP.
The facility includes eight new 115 kV breakers and a new control house. The substation will also have a fully integrated state-of-the-art communication system compliant with IEC 61850, an international standard for substation communication and control.
“With this substation, we have improved reliability, expanding capacity, and incorporating advanced communication and control technology that meets the latest international standards for substation design,” said Herling. “It’s what we mean when we say we’re building a stronger, smarter grid for Maine."
The MPRP will ensure the long-term reliability of CMP’s bulk power system. The project includes the construction of four new 345-kilovolt substations and one new 115-kilovolt substation and related facilities linked by approximately 440 miles of new transmission lines. The new facilities will reinforce the backbone of the company’s 40-year-old bulk power system and create greater capacity for the integration of new generation in the New England region. The MPRP is the largest construction project ever undertaken in Maine. More than 2,700 people are employed directly in the construction, and a 2009 economic impact study projected that the construction spending would generate as many as 900 more jobs through indirect and induced employment. Begun in September of 2010, the first new 345,000 volt substation will be energized later this year. The company expects to complete construction 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 six times by J.D. Power and Associates. For more information, visit www.cmpco.com/.
About Iberdrola USA: Iberdrola USA is the U.S. subsidiary of global energy leader Iberdrola, S.A. The Iberdrola USA companies employ about 5,000 people with operations in 24 states from New England to the West Coast, providing electricity generation, transmission and distribution, natural gas storage and distribution, and energy services. For more information, please visit our website: www.iberdrolausa.com. Follow us on Twitter: @IberdrolaUSA