CMP Enhances Power Reliability for Bath, Phippsburg Customers
AUGUSTA, ME — March 18, 2022 — Central Maine Power (CMP) customers in Bath and Phippsburg can expect increased power reliability as the company completes an upgrade to a critical substation on the corner of Washington and Castine Streets in Bath. The newly constructed 12 kV substation produces a higher voltage, which increases energy reliability and was built to withstand flooding that increasingly occurs in the area.
“Investing in grid reliability is a top priority for CMP,” said CMP president and CEO, Joe Purington. “We’re working to build a stronger, smarter grid for Mainers, especially as climate impacts like flooding continue to test our grid’s resiliency, so improvements to substations like this one in Bath are key to ensuring our customers have the safe and reliable power they expect and deserve.”
By placing energized conductors and equipment eight feet higher off the surface of the substation, elevating the control house that contains key components, and moving underground feeder cables overhead, the new substation will better withstand flooding.
Construction on the facility began in August 2020 and was supported by Maine-based contractors including Cianbro.
Bath Iron Works was a key partner in the upgrade as CMP worked with them to ensure their operations were not affected by power reductions while the construction activity was ongoing.
About CMP: Central Maine Power Company (CMP), a subsidiary of AVANGRID, Inc., is Maine’s largest electricity transmission and distribution utility. Established in 1899 and based in Augusta, Maine, CMP serves approximately 636,000 customers across 346 communities in central and southern Maine. It operates approximately 23,500 miles of distribution lines and 2,900 miles of transmission lines. Over the last decade, the company has invested approximately $3.5 billion in Maine system infrastructure. In 2019, CMP was named Large Business of the Year by the Kennebec Valley United Way. For more information, visit cmpco.com.
About AVANGRID: AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE: AGR) aspires to be the leading sustainable energy company in the United States. Headquartered in Orange, CT with approximately $39 billion in assets and operations in 24 U.S. states, AVANGRID has two primary lines of business: Avangrid Networks and Avangrid Renewables. Avangrid Networks owns eight electric and natural gas utilities, serving more than 3.3 million customers in New York and New England. Avangrid Renewables owns and operates a portfolio of renewable energy generation facilities across the United States. AVANGRID employs approximately 7,000 people and has been recognized by Forbes and Just Capital as one of the 2021 JUST 100 companies - a list of America's best corporate citizens - and was ranked number one within the utility sector for its commitment to the environment and the communities it serves. The company supports the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals and was named among the World’s Most Ethical Companies in 2021 for the third consecutive year by the Ethisphere Institute. For more information, visit avangrid.com.
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