AUGUSTA, Maine — Central Maine Power Co. (CMP), a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA, has completed work on a $1.74 million power grid project it expects will improve service to homes and businesses in the northern Androscoggin County town of Leeds.
“The rebuilt lines along Route 106 and Bishop Hill Road in Leeds should provide improved electric delivery service to customers in the area for years into the future,” said CMP spokeswoman Gail Rice.
A three-phase line along Bishop Hill Road that had been providing service to the northern part of town had become overloaded and was suffering from considerable wear and tear, according to the CMP press release.
The utility opted to move that main “feeder” line to Route 106, also known as Leeds Center Road, and installed new three-phase conductor atop poles along that route. Crews then installed new single-phase wire atop poles on Bishop Hill Road. The project included installation of nearly seven miles of wire atop 177 new utility poles.
The line is fed from the new Monmouth Substation, completed in 2012, as part of the Maine Power Reliability Program.
This is the second major project to be completed in the area in as many years. Last spring, CMP energized a new substation near the intersection of Fish Street and State Route 219 in Leeds, providing a new power source for communities in Northern Androscoggin County. Future plans call for building a tie between theFish Street and Monmouth Substations on State Route 219.
“With the support of our parent company Iberdrola USA, CMP is investing nearly $430 million building a stronger, smarter grid for Maine,” said CMP President Sara Burns in a press release. “CMP’s investments in Leeds and elsewhere are creating thousands of construction jobs, while ensuring long-term grid reliability and capacity for growth.”