Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO) said that it will hold a virtual information meeting on June 16 regarding its proposed Florence substation project.
The company added on its website that the meeting is one of several steps leading up to a formal request for a permit to construct the project from the Vermont Public Utility Commission, which requires that VELCO provide 45 days’ notice, including a detailed project description, to local select boards and other officials; this enables community leaders to review and discuss the project’s impacts with residents, as well as to provide input before formal commission proceedings begin.
The company said that it provided the 45-day notice to the Pittsford Select Board and Planning Commission, as well as the Rutland Regional Planning Commission, on May 24.
The project involves building a new substation to the north and adjacent to the existing substation on Whipple Hollow Road, VELCO said, noting that among the various reliability improvements realized by that investment is improved reliability and maintainability owing to the move from a single-point grid connection (radial) to a multi-point grid connection (ringed), whereby any of the circuit breakers can be opened and isolated for maintenance without interruption of service.
In addition, in the event of a fault, the upgraded ring bus configuration would allow a fault to be isolated, while other circuits remain in service, the company said.
As noted on the project’s webpage the original VELCO Florence substation was built in 1978, with various modifications and improvements occurring over the subsequent 43 years of service. VELCO said that it conducted a conditions assessment of the substation and identified the need to replace some of the equipment due to condition. Deficiencies were identified in such equipment as the protection and controls system, 115-kV breakers, 46-kV breakers, switches, capacitor bank and control building, the company said.
VELCO noted that the project involves building the new 115/46-kV ring bus substation with all new components adjacent to the existing substation; performing tree clearing to accommodate the new substation and pole structures; as well as removing the existing substation.
VELCO said that it plans to formally apply to the state commission for project approval on July 8, and that subject to commission approval, construction would begin in spring 2022, with the project to be completed by the end of the year.
The company said that more information can be found on the project’s webpage, and that individuals may RSVP to the virtual meeting through email, firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone, 802-353-9346.