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Connecticut Light & Power Co. (CL&P) says the Connecticut Siting Council (CSC) has approved the Interstate Reliability Project, an initiative to address system reliability constraints in Connecticut and the nearby region.

This project milestone follows extensive reliability studies conducted by ISO New England (ISO NE), the regional transmission operator and system planning authority in New England. ISO-NE identified a reliability need in southern New England and in early 2012 confirmed that the Interstate Reliability Project is the best solution to meet that need, according to CL&P.

In its opinion, the CSC further concluded that the project has "economic and environmental benefits, and improves system integration both within Connecticut and the region as a whole." David Boguslawski, vice president of transmission at Northeast Utilities, parent company of CL&P, adds that the project will provide access to “cleaner, competitively-priced energy sources.”

The project is a collaborative effort between CL&P and National Grid, a utility company with service territories in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. The Connecticut portion of the Interstate Reliability Project includes the construction of a new overhead 345 kV transmission line on 37 miles of existing right-of-way from Lebanon, Conn., to the Rhode Island border in Thompson, and incorporates substation enhancements.

The Rhode Island and Massachusetts portions of the project extend approximately 38 miles through National Grid’s service areas. The siting decisions in those states are expected later this year, with construction of the project slated to begin shortly thereafter.

CL&P says the project is scheduled to be in service by late 2015.



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