Energy Grid Upgrade Will Benefit Homes and Businesses in Kennebec and Waldo Counties
New substation and additional circuit will enhance service to area
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AUGUSTA, ME - January 31, 2017 - Central Maine Power Company (CMP), a subsidiary of AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE: AGR), has completed upgrades to its energy grid serving parts of Kennebec and Waldo Counties. A new substation in South China and an additional distribution circuit serving the towns of China, Freedom, Liberty, Palermo, Vassalboro, and Windsor were recently put into service.
The new substation and circuit will provide more capacity and better reliability for homes and businesses in the region, said Gail Rice, spokesperson for CMP. We continually invest to modernize our system and keep pace with growing demand. The South China substation is a $6.5 million investment to support these growing communities.
The new substation sits on a 1.6-acre lot on Route 3 across from the South China post office. It includes a new 34.5/12.47 kilovolt transformer; multiple breakers and switches; and a control house with state-of-the-art communications, protection, and control equipment.
The project is part of an estimated $40 million CMP invested in the energy grid in 2016.
The old facility on nearby Windsor Road is being decommissioned.
CMP Lineworker Sam Webber works on a transformer at the utility's new South China Substation.
About AVANGRID: AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE: AGR) is a diversified energy and utility company with more than $30 billion in assets and operations in 25 states. The company operates regulated utilities and electricity generation through two primary lines of business. Avangrid Networks includes eight electric and natural gas utilities, serving 3.1 million customers in New York and New England. Avangrid Renewables operates 6.3 gigawatts of electricity capacity, primarily through wind power, in states across the United States. AVANGRID employs 7,000 people. The company was formed by a merger between Iberdrola USA and UIL Holdings Corporation in 2015. IBERDROLA S.A. (Madrid: IBE), a worldwide leader in the energy industry, owns 81.5% of AVANGRID. For more information, visit www.avangrid.com.
About CMP: Central Maine Power Company (CMP) is a subsidiary of AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE: AGR). As Maine's largest electricity transmission and distribution utility, CMP serves 620,000 homes and businesses, representing about 80% of Maine's customer base. J.D. Power and Associates has ranked the company #1 in customer satisfaction seven times. For more information, visit www.cmpco.com.
Central Maine Power