NSTAR Energizes Major Underground
Transmission Line BOSTON
May 03, 2007 -- BUSINESS WIRE
BOSTON: NSTAR has officially flipped
the switch on its massive underground transmission
project, easing congestion in the regional power
grid and adding much-needed capacity to the existing
system. The 18-mile high-voltage transmission line
is one of the largest electric infrastructure upgrades
in the history of the United States utility industry.
It will help ensure the region can meet steadily
growing energy demand in time for the all-important
"This project is truly an engineering
and construction marvel that benefits customers
all over New England by increasing the efficiency
and reliability of the regional power grid," said
Thomas J. May, NSTAR Chairman, President and CEO.
"The importance of upgrading and expanding our critical
infrastructure cannot be over-stated. While our
goal is to help customers use energy as efficiently
as possible, we also know that electricity demand
continues to grow and the transmission system must
be able to meet this need."
The new 345,000-Volt (345 kV) line
will allow NSTAR to tap into electricity resources
in Southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Because the regional electric grid operates like
a highway system, the new line will help ease bottlenecks
that can often drive up the cost of power for consumers.
The project is a key component in a series of improvements
needed because customers' demand for electricity
is projected to exceed available capacity in coming
Construction on the $220 million project
began in the spring of 2005. NSTAR developed extensive
traffic-control plans to minimize the impact of
the construction on local families and businesses.
In addition, a multi-faceted communications plan
helped to keep all interested parties informed of
the project's scope and progress.
"We want to thank all of our customers
and neighbors as well as state and local officials
for their cooperation and patience during the construction
of this very important project," May added.
The transmission project route begins
at a new NSTAR switching station in the town of
Stoughton and runs one 345 kV line to Hyde Park
and a second 345 kV line to South Boston. The Hyde
Park line was energized in October of 2006.
NSTAR transmits and delivers electricity
and natural gas to 1.4 million customers in Eastern
and Central Massachusetts, including over one million
electric customers in 81 communities and 300,000
gas customers in 51 communities. For more information
about NSTAR visit www.nstar.com. SOURCE: NSTAR