Connecticut PURA conducts proceeding on proposed 115-kV project

Connecticut state regulators on Jan. 16 said it is conducting an uncontested proceeding to address issues raised in Connecticut Light and Power’s (CL&P) December 2013 application involving its proposed Stamford Reliability Cable Project (1151 Line).

The state Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) added in its notice of proceeding that it has designated CL&P, the state Office of Consumer Council and the commissioner of the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection as participants to the proceeding.

Other persons seeking participants status in the proceeding must file a motion by Feb. 5.

In the company’s December 2013 application, CL&P requested that PURA approve the method and manner of construction and provide permission to energize the project, whose purpose is to enhance electrical supply and reliability, and to accommodate future load growth.

The proposed construction will take place between the Glenbrook substation and the South End substation in Stamford, Conn., along streets, roads and public ways, and, where necessary, onto adjacent private right of way areas.

Construction is scheduled to begin in late February or early March, with completion anticipated by the end of 2014.

The entire length of the project is about 1.4 miles and the project involves building a new 115-kV circuit, the company added.

An underground concrete duct bank and splice vaults will be built as part of the project, CL&P said, noting that a pipe jacking trenchless installation will be used to cross under the Metro-North Railroad corridor.

The project does not include overhead line construction.

Among other things, CL&P said that the project was reviewed for impacts to the facilities of certain utilities and municipalities, including the state Department of Transportation, Aquarion Water Company of Connecticut and Yankee Gas Service.

CL&P attached letters of no objection from the city of Stamford, Spectra Energy, Fiber Technologies Networks, Cablevision and Yankee Gas to the application.

CL&P and Yankee Gas Service are Northeast Utilities (NYSE:NU) companies.

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