Eversource on June 1 said that the 13-mile, 115-kV Seacoast Reliability Project (SRP) in New Hampshire was energized on May 29.
The SRP was built almost completely within existing rights of way (ROWs) between substations in Madbury and Portsmouth, the company said, adding that it invested more than $126m to build the project and bolster regional infrastructure.
Eversource noted that as its crews and contractors work to complete final construction activities, including environmental monitoring and reporting, they are continuing to follow such strict safety precautions as social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Restoration and landscaping work will continue through the spring and summer, Bill Quinlan, Eversource president of Transmission, said in the statement.
As TransmissionHub reported, Eversource in December 2018 said that the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee had unanimously approved construction of the project, which is designed to address a need for additional transmission capacity that has been identified by ISO New England.
According to the project’s webpage, the committee in January 2019 issued its written order, reaffirming its oral approval. The site also noted that the committee’s approval followed a series of public information sessions and public hearings in Concord, N.H., as well as in the communities that host the new line.