BGE Begins Improvements to Electric Transmission System in Northeastern
The Northeast Transmission System Improvement Project will upgrade high voltage power
lines on existing transmission corridors to ensure continued electric service reliability for
BALTIMORE, Jan. 27, 2014 – Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) is beginning construction on a multi-year Northeast Transmission System Improvement (NETSI) project later this month. The project will replace transmission towers and add electric circuits within an existing transmission corridor that links several substations between Kingsville, Md., in Baltimore County to northern Harford County near the Maryland and Pennsylvania border.
“This initiative will help ensure that BGE customers continue to have access to reliable electric service that keeps pace with future growth,” said Stephen J. Woerner, senior vice president and chief operating officer for BGE. “This is part of BGE’s continued investment across our entire service area—more than $3 billion since 2002—in the equipment that delivers energy when and where it is needed.”
Initial construction activity will begin in January on the transmission corridor between substations in Norrisville and Pylesville. A second phase of construction will take place between Pylesville and Fallston beginning in late spring. Additional phases will follow, and BGE expects to complete the full project in 2017.
As part of the project, more than 124 lattice-style electric transmission towers will be replaced with single pole towers that have a smaller footprint but can carry more electric capacity than the existing, aging towers. In addition to the NETSI transmission line project, BGE will also upgrade substations in Norrisville, Pylesville and Kingsville. The first substation upgrade will take place at the Conastone Substation located near Jolly Acres Rd. and Meredith Green Rd. in the Norrisville area.
The project has completed extensive design, planning, public input and permitting phases. BGE received a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity from the Maryland Public Service Commission in December 2013 to proceed with the construction.