Connecticut regulators grant approval on CL&P maintenance project

Connecticut state regulators on Sept. 6 granted approval of construction in relation to a proposed maintenance project by Connecticut Light and Power.

As reported, Northeast Utilities Service Company, as agent for its affiliate, CL&P, filed on July 26 a petition requesting that the state Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) approve the method and manner of construction and provide permission to energize the South Meadow Substation to Bloomfield Substation Line, or the 1779 Line NERC Facility Rating Alert Project.

A Northeast Utilities (NYSE:NU) spokesperson told TransmissionHub on Aug. 30 that the Connecticut Siting Council approved the project earlier in August.

“Civil construction to install work pads was approved by the Connecticut Siting Council and began this week,” he told TransmissionHub on Sept. 6.

“Electrical work is expected to be completed in mid-September, weather permitting,” the spokesperson said. “Restoration of the right-of-way (civil construction), which includes removing the work pads and restoration is expected to be complete by mid-October … weather permitting.”

The project is expected to be in service in mid-September. The spokesperson also said that a final construction cost is not known at this time.

In its decision, PURA found that CL&P had satisfied all of the application requirements and granted approval of construction. PURA also granted approval to conduct commissioning tests and energize the facilities as necessary during construction, and following completion of the project.

CL&P is to advise PURA of the date on which construction is completed, PURA said, adding that it will not require a field inspection.

According to the decision, the project is located in the town of East Hartford, Conn., and will replace one 115-kV double circuit lattice tower with two single circuit double poles. CL&P is undertaking the project, whose area is 0.2 miles long, to provide adequate vertical clearance in accordance with NERC requirements, PURA said.

Materials to be used in the construction include two new wood pole structures about 90 feet tall and ceramic insulators.

Among other things, PURA noted that the project does not involve crossing of any other utility’s territory.

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