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Milford Beacon
  • Delmarva Power to rebuild 50-year-old transmission line

  • Delmarva Power is undertaking a two-year project to rebuild a 50-year-old transmission line that runs from Red Lion in New Castle County to Milford in an effort to enhance electric service reliability across all of Delaware’s three counties.
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    • PROJECT QUICK FACTS

      COST $71 million


      SCHEDULED START DATE June 2015


      EXPECTED COMPLETION DATE December 2017


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      PROJECT QUICK FACTS

      COST $71 million



      SCHEDULED START DATE June 2015



      EXPECTED COMPLETION DATE December 2017



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  • Delmarva Power is undertaking a two-year project to rebuild a 50-year-old transmission line that runs from Red Lion in New Castle County to Milford in an effort to enhance electric service reliability across all of Delaware’s three counties.
     
    PROJECT DETAILS
    The rebuild will tackle a 230,000-volt transmission line that runs along 58 miles of right-of-way between substations in Red Lion, Cedar Creek and Milford.
    The $71 million project will rebuild the existing circuit and replace hundreds of 65- to 100-foot-tall wooden poles with steel poles throughout Delaware’s three counties. Milford residents may notice that the proposed steel poles are similar to a recent replacement project completed by the City of Milford along U.S. 113 and Del. Route 14.
     
    PROJECT PURPOSE
    “The rebuilt transmission line will help avoid extended power outages, should there be a major problem with transmission and generation infrastructure,” said Gary Stockbridge, Delmarva Power region president. “This project is one in a series of transmission system enhancements we are making to maintain reliability on the Delmarva Peninsula.”
    Delmarva Power spokesman Matt Likovich said the company decided to tackle the project to replace existing infrastructure like poles, wires and hardware to simply enhance reliability of electric service.
    “The current infrastructure is nearly 50 years old and is reaching the end of its useful service life,” he said. “In addition, the rebuild of this transmission line would enable Delmarva Power to meet updated reliability standards set forth by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation.”
     
    WHAT TO EXPECT
    Construction on the two substations in New Castle and Kent counties is expected to be tackled first, with a scheduled start date of June 2015 and anticipated completion date of December 2016. Work on the portion of the line that runs from Delmarva Power’s substation in Cedar Creek to the substation in Milford is slated to begin June 2016 and wrap up in December 2017.
    It is unclear which roads will be affected during this project. Likovich said Delmarva Power is still studying and assessing what areas might be impacted.
    “We will work diligently to minimize the impact of the scheduled work on residents and businesses in the area,” he said.
    As for increased electricity rates for customers, Likovich said the cost of the project will be borne by Delmarva Power customers, municipal electric customers and wholesale and electric cooperative customers, although he did not provide any specific cost estimates.
    “Lessons learned from similar construction projects will be taken into consideration for this project,” he said. “We have a long tradition of dedication to the communities we serve and look forward to continuing to be a good corporate neighbor and a reliable source of energy for our customers.”

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