Proposed Woburn to Wakefield Transmission Project Filed with Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board
Project needed to maintain reliability of regional power grid
BOSTON and WALTHAM, MA (September 25, 2015) – Today, Eversource Energy and National Grid filed a permit application with the Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board (EFSB) for a proposed new underground transmission line to connect Eversource’s Woburn Substation in Woburn, MA to National Grid’s Wakefield Junction Substation in Wakefield, MA.
The Woburn to Wakefield Line Project is part of the Greater Boston and New Hampshire Solution. This suite of transmission projects addresses an urgent need identified by New England’s power grid manager, ISO New England, to strengthen the region’s electric system, while balancing consumer cost with community and environmental impact.
In February 2015, the Greater Boston and New Hampshire Solution was selected by ISO-NE as the preferred solution for the identified system reliability need.
The new line will extend approximately 8.5 miles through Woburn, Winchester, Stoneham, and Wakefield, MA. The proposed project also includes improvements within the existing fence lines of the Woburn and Wakefield Junction substations.
The project requires approval from the Massachusetts EFSB, part of the Department of Public Utilities, and the siting process includes both public and evidentiary hearings. The public and all interested parties have the opportunity to participate in the siting process through the EFSB-sponsored public hearings. Pending regulatory approvals, construction is scheduled to begin in 2017.
The EFSB approval process follows a series of public open houses and presentations to town officials in each of the four municipalities along the route, conducted in late 2014 and throughout 2015. National Grid and Eversource remain committed to continuing public education on the proposed project and will undertake extensive outreach activities in the months ahead.
Eversource (NYSE: ES) transmits and delivers electricity and natural gas for more than 3.6 million electric and natural gas customers in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Eversource harnesses the commitment of its more than 8,000 employees across three states to build a single, united company around the mission of delivering reliable energy and superior customer service. For more information, please visit our website (www.eversource.com) and follow us on Twitter (@EversourceCorp) and Facebook (facebook.com/EversourceEnergy).
About National Grid
National Grid (LSE: NG; NYSE: NGG) is an electricity and natural gas delivery company that connects nearly 7 million customers to vital energy sources through its networks in New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. It is the largest distributor of natural gas in the Northeast. National Grid also operates the systems that deliver gas and electricity across Great Britain.
Through its U.S. Connect21 strategy, National Grid is transforming its electricity and natural gas networks to support the 21st century digital economy with smarter, cleaner, and more resilient energy solutions. Connect21 is vital to our communities' long-term economic and environmental health and aligns with regulatory initiatives in New York (REV: Reforming the Energy Vision) and Massachusetts (Grid Modernization).
For Eversource: For National Grid:
Michael Durand Jackie Barry
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