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Emera Maine Installs New Transformer to Improve Northern Maine Reliability


Release Date:  10-02-2015

Presque Isle — Emera Maine held a ribbon cutting and reception today to celebrate the installation of a new transformer at the Flo’s Inn Substation in Presque Isle. The transformer is needed to provide electric system reliability in Northern Maine.

This new piece of equipment is now one of three transformers that provide power to Aroostook County. Having this new transformer online allows for regular maintenance to occur on the other two older transformers without disruption of electricity to the region. A transformer is an electrical device that transfers electricity between one or more circuits. In this case, the transformer will serve about 34,000 customers in northern Maine.

“We’re committed to bringing safe, reliable power to our customers,” said Alan Richardson, Emera Maine President and COO.   This is one of several needed projects that will improve reliability for our northern Maine customers. Some of our infrastructure is aging and we are making investments to ensure reliability while also getting the most of existing infrastructure.”

Local business representatives joined Emera Maine in support of the project, including Theresa Fowler, Executive Director of the Central Aroostook Chamber of Commerce.

“This project is so important to the businesses of this region,” said Fowler. “Keeping our businesses up and running is the key to their success and we need electricity to do that.”

The new transformer was successfully installed, tested and placed in service over the summer months