Construction to begin this summer on substation
Published 1:32 am, Friday, July 2, 2010
With the Connecticut Siting Council's approval of a $20 million electrical substation near the Greens Farm's Metro-North station, construction will begin soon on New Creek Road.
The Connecticut Siting Council approved the project unanimously in May, and now the builders are gearing up for construction, but no specific date was given.
"The substation will allow us to continue meeting the growing demand for electricity in Westport in a safe, reliable way," said Frank Poirot, a spokesperson for CL&P, in an interview earlier this year. "The driver behind this is that residential use of electricity is climbing."
There are already four substations throughout Westport, which includes a temporary one on state land close to Clayton Street and the Metro-North tracks. The temporary substation would be removed once the proposed "Sherwood" substation is put in place, which is expected to be completed in January 2012. The new substation would be placed on a wooded hill, and the nearest residence is approximately 400 feet away.
The substation was opposed by neighbors, while officials at Northeast Utilities and CL&P have said that the substation will serve the increased power consumption in houses in town. At times during the summer, a temporary substation on a flatbed truck had to be brought in order to meet the increased demand that stems from air conditioners, according to the power provider.