Connecticut regulators, in draft decision, grant approval of construction for CL&P project

Connecticut state regulators, in an Oct. 21 draft consent calendar decision, granted approval of construction for a 115-kV Connecticut Light and Power (CL&P) project.

The state Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) said it received an application on Sept. 19 from CL&P requesting approval of the method and manner of construction of the Noera Tap Lines located in the city of Waterbury, Conn.

CL&P is undertaking the project to satisfy vertical clearance requirements of NERC, PURA said.

According to the company’s application, the project involves replacing one existing 115-kV double circuit lattice tower that supports six phases, one conductor per phase at a voltage of 115-kV at 60Hz frequency with one 115-kV double circuit steel pole that will support six phases, one conductor per phase at a voltage of 115-kV at 60Hz.

The entire project length is about 0.2 miles, and the materials to be used include one steel pole structure about 94 feet in height above ground as well as ceramic insulators.

The project will not affect the facilities of other utilities or municipalities, as it will not cross over, under, parallel or conflict with such facilities.

CL&P also noted that project construction is scheduled to begin on Nov. 4, with completion anticipated by Dec. 20. The project will be energized during and after construction. The project does not include underground line construction and will involve the daily outage and re-energizing of the circuits as the proposed work is being done, the company said.

CL&P also noted that the Connecticut Siting Council ruled at a meeting in August 2011 that a certificate of environmental compatibility and public need is not required.

In its decision, PURA said that the company has satisfied all of the application requirements. It granted approval to conduct commissioning tests and energize the facilities as necessary during construction, and following completion of the project.

CL&P is a subsidiary of Northeast Utilities (NYSE:NU).


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