Northeast Utilities Completes Service Improvements On-Time and Under-Budget
NEC member Northeast Utilities (NU) announced on December 2 that it has completed its Greater Springfield Reliability Project which will increase the flow of power in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts. The project included adding 39 miles of transmission lines, building transmission structures and substations, and connecting customers to more efficient power plants. Construction for the project began in December 2010 and was projected to cost $718 million. Not only was construction completed on schedule, but the final cost of the project was $40 million less than projected, totaling $678 million.
NU’s investments in its power distribution system will yield many benefits. Customers will benefit from increased reliability and efficiency thanks to the added capacity.. State and local governments throughout Connecticut and Western Massachusetts will also benefit from the projected $13 million in tax revenue generated from the improvements during the first year of operation. A more efficient, reliable, and effective power delivery system creates benefits that ripple throughout the economy and benefit a wide range of individuals and other stakeholders.
Laurie Foley, the utility’s head of transmission projects, said, “We are very grateful for the cooperation and patience of our customers and neighbors, as well as state and local officials, who worked closely with us during this important reliability upgrade. With their support, we were able to maintain an aggressive construction schedule, while overcoming severe weather events and challenging terrain.”
Northeast Utilities provides an invaluable service to the New England region by providing electricity for homes and businesses alike. The New England Council congratulates Northeast Utilities for its successful completion of the Greater Springfield Reliability Project and commends them for providing outstanding service.