Eversource Energy (NYSE:ES) will hold an open house on June 15 in Westfield, Mass., to discuss the Westfield Reliability Project, which involves a new 115-kV transmission line, a company spokesperson told TransmissionHub on June 15.
The 3.4-mile line would be built on existing structures and is being proposed as a long-term solution to address energy needs in the area, he said.
The project also includes building a new switching station adjacent to Eversource’s existing Pochassic substation and related upgrades to the Buck Pond substation, both of which are in Westfield, the spokesperson said.
“These proposed transmission system improvements are necessary to meet national and regional reliability standards due to evolving electric system needs,” he said.
An application for the approximately $39.6m project will be submitted to the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities in 2Q17, the spokesperson said.
If approved, construction on the project would begin in 3Q18, with completion sometime in 1Q19 – the project is expected to be in service in 1Q19, as well, he said.