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CL&P Stamford Upgrade Project Underway in the South End

CL&P Stamford Upgrade Project Underway in the South End

Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P) is taking another step toward improving system reliability to southwestern Connecticut with the Stamford Reliability Cable Project. This project is the latest in a series of upgrades to the electric system aimed at meeting growing customer demand for electricity in the Stamford area. 
The upgrade includes the installation of a new underground transmission line extending approximately 1.5 mi between two CL&P substations in Stamford which will improve reliability and functionality at the substations. Improvements to those substations will be accomplished within the existing fence lines with no expansion required. Once complete, the project will provide an additional path for the flow of electricity while improving reliability of the high voltage grid serving the Stamford area.

“The Stamford Reliability Cable Project will address the growing demand for electricity, in a city that is experiencing substantial economic growth,” said Laurie Foley, Vice President of Transmission Project Engineering & Maintenance for Northeast Utilities, parent company of CL&P. “This work is an important part of a long-range plan, started in 2001, to relieve previously constrained power flows into the region.”

CL&P worked closely with the City of Stamford to identify the best route for this needed transmission improvement with the least possible impacts to residents, businesses and motorists. The project route also carefully avoids the Stamford Urban Transitway, the city’s recent roadway improvement project between East Main and Atlantic streets.

In addition to supporting the city’s economic growth, this project will also create new, local jobs during construction and generate significant new tax revenue to the city once it is complete later this year.

The project route will exit the South End Substation on Pacific Street, cross over Dock Street properties and continue to Canal Street, South State Street, North State Street, crossing under I-95 to East Main Street, Crystal Street, Culloden Road, Scott Place, crossing under the Metro-North Railroad to Lincoln Avenue, and ending at the Glenbrook Substation. Construction is scheduled to be completed by year-end 2014. Additional information on the Stamford Reliability Cable Project is available at: www.StamfordCable.com.


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