Transmission lines, carrying high voltage electricity, are critical in delivering power to homes and businesses in Connecticut. Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P) will be building a new 37 mi, 345-kV transmission line on an existing right-of-way while protecting farms, wetlands and streams along the route in eastern Connecticut. Neighbors can learn about the project at two public review sessions hosted by CL&P.
“These public review sessions offer residents a unique opportunity to review and comment on the construction plans one-on-one with project representatives,” said David H. Boguslawski, Vice President of Transmission Strategy & Operations for Northeast Utilities, parent company of CL&P. “In addition to improving reliability of the electric grid, this project will enhance customer access to cleaner, competitively priced power.”
The public review sessions feature subject experts in electric power and civil engineering in addition to arborists and environmental specialists who will be on hand to explain all phases of the transmission line project. The project route begins in Lebanon and continues through Columbia, Coventry, Mansfield, Chaplin, Hampton, Brooklyn, Pomfret, Killingly, Putnam and Thompson, and then extends through National Grid's service areas in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
The project is also expected to bring critically-needed economic benefits to all three southern New England states by creating hundreds of new local jobs and generating significant new property tax revenue to towns along the project route.
Part of a group of transmission projects called the New England East-West Solution (NEEWS), the Interstate Reliability Project is designed to improve the transfer of electricity across Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. It is a collaborative effort between CL&P and National Grid, a utility company with a service territory in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
The project was approved by the Connecticut Siting Council in late December 2012. The cost of the Connecticut portion of the Interstate Reliability Project is estimated at $218 million and construction of the Connecticut portion is scheduled to begin in late 2013 or early 2014.