The plan, detailed in an eight-volume document delivered to local leaders today, calls for upgrading 69 miles of the transmission system from Middletown to Norwalk with a combination of overhead transmission lines that will be located along existing rights of way, as well as under street transmission cable.
“CL&P and UI are beginning an inclusive process to develop the transmission solution that best meets the needs of all Connecticut customers,” said David H. Boguslawski, vice president, transmission business for CL&P.
“Our vision of the southwest Connecticut region enjoying growth and vitality is closely linked to ensuring the reliability and capacity of its energy infrastructure,” said Anthony Vallillo, president and chief operating officer of UI. “Both companies have worked, and will continue to work diligently to avoid or minimize the projects’ effects on residents and the environment.”
The primary route under consideration calls for approximately 45 miles of overhead transmission from Middletown to Milford and approximately 24 miles of under street construction from Milford to Norwalk. The plan also looks at numerous alternative route configurations and corridors. The cost of the transmission expansion plan is estimated at $500 million.
The municipal consultation phase is the first step in the regulatory review for the transmission upgrade project. After the municipal consultations, the companies will modify and complete the formal project application which will be filed with the Connecticut Siting Council in August.
To facilitate resident participation in the municipal consultation process, the companies have offered to conduct a series of open house meetings to provide information to and receive meaningful feedback from municipal officials, residents and businesses. The meetings will tentatively be held in May and June. Local elected leaders will decide on the meeting format and schedule for these gatherings.
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UI is a New Haven-based regional distribution utility that provides electricity and energy-related services to more than 320,000 customers in municipalities in the Greater New Haven and Greater Bridgeport areas. UI’s World Wide Web address is http://www.uinet.com/. UI’s parent company, UIL Holdings Corporation, is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol UIL.
The Connecticut Light and Power Company (CL&P) has been part of everyday life in Connecticut for more than 100 years, providing safe and reliable electric service to homes, neighborhoods and businesses. With more than 1.1 million customers in 149 cities and towns, CL&P is an active member in the communities it serves, offering programs in energy conservation, economic development and environmental education. CL&P is part of the Northeast Utilities System (NYSE: NU). For more information, please visit www.cl-p.com.
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