BAR HARBOR — Alternative locations and design styles for a proposed electrical substation near downtown continue to be explored by Emera Maine power company officials.
A committee of concerned citizens, business owners and others has been meeting with Emera representatives regularly to study the substation issue, while another group focuses on the routing of planned new transmission lines from Town Hill to the proposed substation.
“We’ve tried to come up with a decision-making method that would make it as fair and balanced for the entire community as possible,” Emera’s Steve Sloan said. “We do want the process to play out and let the advisory committee be totally involved … in the final decision.”
Among locations being considered for the new substation is the site of the current, outdated substation on Edgewood Street. The site may work for a compact design, Sloan said, but is constrained in other ways. Space is limited at the location, future expansion potential is limited, and getting construction vehicles in and out would likely be difficult, he said.
“On the positive side, it is in town, and it is an existing facility,” Sloan said.
There are two other sites under serious consideration, Sloan said, but he said he could not discuss them yet. He hopes to begin discussing the alternative sites in earnest within the next several weeks.
The company hopes to reach a decision on the substation by this summer and have a new facility up and running by summer 2016, he said.