In an effort to strengthen the region’s transmission system, New England Power Company (NEP) is proposing the E131 Asset Condition Refurbishment Project (ACR). Originally constructed in 1925, the Line extends approximately 12.3 miles from Adams, MA to Readsboro, VT.
The project will address the aging infrastructure including structures foundations will all be replaced. The project will also include installation of Optical Ground Wire (OPGW) which serves a dual purpose of providing necessary electrical grounding in the event of lightening strikes, but also enables telecommunication along the transmission lines and between substations to help identify line issues so they can be addressed quickly.
The E131 Line is located in both Massachusetts and Vermont. Within MA, the line travels through the towns of Adams, North Adams, Florida, and Monroe. From Monroe, MA the line continues into Readsboro, VT to the New England Power Company’s Harriman Substation.