Southwest Connecticut Reliability Project
Eversource is preparing to construct a new 115-kilovolt (kV) overhead transmission line and make related substation improvements to enhance its ability to reliably serve the electrical demand in the southwest Connecticut area.
These infrastructure improvements will strengthen the electrical system and ensure that our customers have reliable power to meet their energy needs, both today and in the future.
The new line will extend 3.4 miles, crossing through the towns of Bethel, Danbury, and Brookfield, Conn. The line will be located entirely within Eversource’s existing transmission line right-of-way from Plumtree substation (near Walnut Hill Road in Bethel) to Brookfield Junction (near Park Ridge Road in Brookfield). In addition, we will make related modifications to the Plumtree substation in Bethel and the Stony Hill substation in Brookfield.
- Route length: Approximately 3.4 miles
- Location: Bethel, Danbury and Brookfield, Connecticut
- Line voltage: 115,000-volt (115-kV) overhead transmission line
- Substation: Substation upgrades at both Plumtree substation in Bethel, and Stony Hill substation in Brookfield
- Siting review by: The Connecticut Siting Council (CSC)
Estimated Timetable (subject to change):
- Municipal Consultation Filing (MCF): April 14, 2016
- Public open house: May 4, 2016
- Connecticut Siting Council (CSC) Application filing: June 30, 2016
- CSC Public Hearing: September 22, 2016
- CSC Approval: November 10, 2016
- Submit Development & Management Plan to CSC for approval: June 15, 2017
- Start of construction (pending all necessary approvals): Fourth Quarter 2017
- Estimated in-service date: By the end of 2018
CONNECTICUT SITING COUNCIL
For an electric transmission line project, such as the Southwest Connecticut Reliability Project, the Municipal Consultation and Application Filing phases are part of the siting regulatory review process, as defined by the Connecticut state statutes.
On November 10, 2016, the CSC voted to approve the Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need (Application) for the construction of the Southwest Connecticut Reliability Transmission Project.
Development & Management Plan
On June 15, 2017, Eversource submitted the project’s construction plan, called the Development and Management Plan (D&M), to the CSC for approval. The D&M Plans include, among other things, conditions ordered by the CSC in its Decision, and a detailed site plan showing work areas, structure foundations, and substation upgrades.
The D&M Plans consist of multiple large volumes.
Transmission Line D&M Plan:
Volume 1 - New 115-kV Transmission Line - Construction and Mitigation Procedures
Volume 2 - New 115-kV Transmission Line - Maps and Drawings
Volume 3 - Project-Wide Approvals, Permits, Plans and Best Management Practices
Substation D&M Plan:
Volume I - Modifications to the Plumtree and Stony Hill Substations
Volume II - Modifications to the Plumtree and Stony Hill Substations
For more information, send an email to TransmissionInfo@eversource.com or call 800-793-2202.