Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 5:30 p.m. at the Community Center.
Northeast Utilities, in collaboration with National Grid, is planning four power transmission projects that are intended to strengthen the reliability of the power grid in New England. The projects will be constructed in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Connecticut Light & Power, a NU company, will hold an information session on the local impact of the Connecticut project, known as the Interstate Reliability Project. It will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 22 in the Mansfield Community Center.
The session will be presented as an “open house,” during which residents can examine documents and speak directly with CL&P representatives.
In Eastern Connecticut, the primary route would be located on an existing right-of-way between substations in Lebanon and Killingly, and continue to the Rhode Island border.
The “preferred route proposal” for this project adds a new set of overhead power lines within or immediately adjacent to existing lines that pass through southern Mansfield. Some tree removal will be necessary and some of the proposed support structures will be taller than existing structures.
An open house on this project also is planned for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 30 at Eastern Connecticut State University, in the Betty Tipton conference room in the Student Center.
The preliminary cost estimate for the Connecticut segment of the project is $251 million, and construction is expected to begin in late 2010.
National Grid will construct the parts of the project located in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
The Oct. 22 open house fulfills the requirement to hold a public comment period before NU submits a formal application to the Connecticut Siting Council, anticipated to be in December 2008, after which additional hearings will be scheduled.
Open house meetings are being held for Mansfield and 11 other municipalities: Brooklyn, Chaplin, Columbia, Coventry, Hampton, Killingly, Lebanon, Pomfret, Putnam, Thompson and Windham.
The Sept. 30 open house is for the towns of Chaplin, Columbia, Coventry, Lebanon and Windham.
A Nov. 5 open house is planned for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wedneday, Nov. 5 at Ellis Tech High School, 613 Upper Maple St. in Danielson for the towns of Killingly, Putnam and Thompson.
A meeting was held on Sept. 24 for the towns of Brooklyn, Hampton and Pomfret.
The project does not require local permits or approval by the affected towns’ governing bodies.
NU’s Web site states that the Interstate Reliability Project is one of four major transmission projects that are part of the New England East-West Solution (NEEWS).
It is a proposed 345-kilovolt (kV) transmission line that will strengthen the interstate transfer of electricity across Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
NU’s Web site states that the project also includes “upgrades to substations and improvements to the region’s 115-kV electric system [ including CL&P’s substations in Lebanon and Killingly]… improving its efficiency and eliminating potentially crippling and costly bottlenecks.”
NU explains that “reliability” means that the grid “is able to deliver electricity where it is needed on the hottest and coldest days of the year – even if one or more power plants or segments of transmission line are not operating.”
Copies of a document describing the proposal – the “Municipal Consultation Filing” – are available for review in the town’s Planning Office and at the Mansfield Library.
More detailed information on how town leaders and other members of the public have input into the application process is available at this link.
You also may speak with CL&P representatives during office hours at 1-866-996-3397.
Or call the Mansfield Planning Office at 429-3330.
For more information: http://mansfield.htnp.com/news/http_mansfield_htnp_com_