CMP Improves Power Reliability for Wilton Customers
AUGUSTA, ME — February 8, 2022 — Central Maine Power (CMP) customers in Wilton can expect improved power reliability, as the company completes work on a new substation on 1228 Main Street in East Wilton. This new substation replaces a more than 50-year-old facility on Temple Road in Wilton.
“We’re committed to building a stronger, smarter grid for Maine,” said Joe Purington, CMP president and CEO. “Each and every upgrade makes a difference, and for these customers in Wilton, this new substation means improved power reliability they can count on.”
The East Wilton substation was constructed as part of CMP’s ongoing plan to modernize substations across the company’s 11,000 square mile service area. Construction on the facility began in August 2020 and was supported by approximately 30 Maine-based contractors. Additional buffering and vegetation will be planted in Spring 2022.
The new substation replaces an aged facility built in the mid-1900s on wood poles that now are significantly leaning, which pose a safety and system reliability risk. This East Wilton Substation has enhanced remote monitoring capabilities and connects directly to CMP’s Control Center in Augusta, enabling more responsive operations. The new design is also more weather-resistant and reduces the likelihood of animals encountering energized components and disrupting power.
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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