In the US, Central Maine Power Company (CMP) reported this week that it has deployed 600,000 smart meters and an 11, 000-square-mile (28 490 km) wireless mesh network as part of the CMP’s reliability program.

The Maine Power Reliability Program (MPRP) is a US$1.4 billion investment in the state’s bulk electricity grid to reinforce its 40-year-old power system.

The project includes the construction of four 345kV substations, one 115kV substation and accompanying facilities linked by 440 miles (1139.6 km) of new transmission lines.

The MPRP is 5 years in construction and which the CMP claims to allow the utility to deliver a better, faster service, including energy saving technologies and convenience for customers.

The announcement was made in a meeting between the governor of Maine, Paul LePage and the chairman of Iberdrola, Ignacio Galan, Central Maine Power Company’s (CMP) corporate parent organisation.

Also in attendance was chief corporate officer of Iberdrola USA, Bob Kump and president and CEO of CMP, Sara Burns.

Ms Burns said: “Iberdrola’s support for our company is making a difference for our customers, the State of Maine, and all of New England.

“Our advanced meter infrastructure also continues to create new opportunities for better, more efficient operations along with convenience and savings for our customers. We truly are delivering a stronger, smart grid with these investments.”

Partnership between CMP and Emera Maine

CMP is also taking steps to develop projects with Emera Maine, the state’s second largest electric utility, toward diversifying the region’s energy portfolio, gaining access to renewable energy resources.

CMP and Emera are looking at projects to improve links between southern New England and northern Maine. More than 2,100 MW of wind power development has already been proposed.