Northeast Utilities continues work on Greater Springfield Reliability Project

Northeast Utilities (NYSE:NU) continues to make progress on its 345-kV Greater Springfield Reliability Project.

“[W]e are on track to have this project in service by late 2013,” a company spokesperson told TransmissionHub April 24.

According to TransmissionHub data, the $718m project is a 39-mile, 345-kV transmission line that originates at New Bloomfield, Conn., and ends at Ludlow, Mass.

The project, which involves 35 miles of 345-kV lines and four miles of 115-kV lines, will ensure reliability and reduce energy costs and includes three major substations and two switching stations.

The spokesperson said the project “includes work along 39 miles of an existing transmission right-of-way between Ludlow, Mass., and Bloomfield, Conn. The 27-mile portion in Massachusetts includes new 345-kV transmission lines, new and reconstructed 115-kV lines, two new switching stations and substation upgrades. The 12-mile portion in Connecticut includes new 345-kV lines along an existing right-of-way and substation upgrades.”

The spokesperson also said that about 350 direct construction jobs have been created and about 1,400 jobs in construction and other fields have been supported or created by the project. “[T]his is the estimated employment figure at the peak of construction, which is where the project is now,” he added.

The transmission upgrade is designed to strengthen the region’s power grid, meet mandatory reliability standards and allow power to move more freely around the greater Springfield and north central Connecticut area, he said.

The spokesperson also said that the Interstate Reliability Project, which like the Greater Springfield Reliability Project is part of the New England East-West Solution, is under review by the Connecticut Siting Council. A council hearing on the project was scheduled for April 24. “If the project is approved by the siting council, then construction could begin in late 2013,” he added.

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Corina Rivera-Linares, chief editor for TransmissionHub, has covered the U.S. power industry for the past 15 years. Before joining TransmissionHub, Corina covered renewable energy and environmental issues, as well as transmission, generation, regulation, legislation and ISO/RTO matters at SNL Financial. She has also covered such topics as health, politics, and education for weekly newspapers and national magazines. She can be reached at clinares@endeavorb2b.com.