Eversource’s Westfield Reliability Project in Massachusetts was fully energized on June 19 “and cost close to” $35m, company spokesperson Priscilla Ress told TransmissionHub on June 23.
The company on June 11 said that it completed construction of the project, installing a three-mile electric circuit on an existing 115-kV overhead transmission line in Westfield to help ensure the safe delivery of reliable power.
Eversource President of Transmission Bill Quinlan said in the statement in part, “As restoration and landscaping continue through the spring and summer, we will maintain close communication and collaboration with our host communities, property owners and businesses while adhering to social distancing and other best practices to safeguard health and prevent the spread of COVID-19.”
The power lines have been installed on existing structures along the right of way from the Pochassic substation, near Oakdale Avenue, to the Buck Pond substation near Medeiros Way, Eversource said, adding that the project also includes building new equipment adjacent to the Pochassic substation and related upgrades to the Buck Pond substation.
The company said that the project is one of several designed to strengthen the electric system serving Pittsfield, Greenfield, and surrounding areas.