BERLIN, CT, July 14, 2003 – A decision by the Connecticut Siting Council today to have The Connecticut Light & Power Company (CL&P) build its Bethel/Norwalk 345-kilovolt (kV) project using "Configuration X," a 20-mile combination of overhead and underground technology, will be a challenge that the company is ready to meet.
"We congratulate the Siting Council for its ability to make the tough choices and have said since day one that we are ready to build whatever they determine is in the best interest of the residents of this state," said David H. Boguslawski, vice president, Transmission Business Unit, Northeast Utilities. "Our focus has always been on reliability and meeting the energy needs of our customers in southwest Connecticut."
"Configuration X" will include more than 11 miles of under street 345-kV cable installed to two segments - one in Bethel, with the second segment in Wilton and Redding. An existing 115-kV line will be installed underground in Norwalk, while the 345-kV line will be suspended from structures that are about the same height as the current structures. The project will cost about $185 million.
“The Siting Council considered 20 different configurations and determined that "X" is the best solution to meet the growing needs of southwest Connecticut and the state,” said Boguslawski. “And throughout the siting process, CL&P remained flexible to workable solutions while being sensitive to our customers’ interests.”
The Siting Council decision comes nearly two years after the beginning of the regulatory review process. CL&P will next prepare a detailed construction plan for the Council. Once this plan is approved, work could begin by the end of the year. Plans call for the line to be in-service in 2005.
The Bethel/Norwalk transmission project is the first of two upgrades planned for southwest Connecticut. An application for the second, Middletown/Norwalk, is expected to be filed with the Siting Council in August. 345-kV offers the most efficient means to ship bulk power over long distances while minimizing impacts on people and the environment.
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.