Energy & Power
Transmission & Distribution
NB Power providing international interconnect with Houlton Water
By Anthony Capkun
October 29, 2014 – Northern Maine’s Houlton Water Company is turning to New Brunswick Power for a “low-priced, reliable and secure transmission path for energy” through a new international interconnect joining Woodstock, N.B., and Houlton, Me.
“This agreement is just the latest example of regional partners seeing the value in New Brunswick’s low-cost energy and extremely stable grid,” said Keith Cronkhite, vice-president of Generation & Business Development for NB Power.
Houlton Water—a consumer-owned electric, water and wastewater utility—has signed an agreement with NB Power to build a 25-km, 138kV transmission line and substation. Construction will begin once regulatory approvals have been received. The project will be 100% funded by Houlton Water Co. and final costs will be determined when environmental, engineering and design work is complete.
NB Power will construct the new line and substation from the Woodstock terminal to the United States/Canada border near the Houlton Canada-U.S. border crossing. The new infrastructure will become transmission assets of NB Power and will join the four existing international connections already in place in Eastern and Northern Maine.