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Hingham June 4 Public Meeting Video: Planning Board and Zoning Board Review HMLP Substation Proposal

HINGHAM, MA – (June 27, 2024) – On June 4, 2024, a joint meeting of the Hingham Planning Board and the Hingham Zoning Board of Appeals was held via Zoom to facilitate public review of Hingham Municipal Lighting Plant’s (HMLP) proposal to build a new electric substation.

The two Hingham boards heard a presentation about the Hingham Electrical Infrastructure Reliability Project (HEIRP). The 1:24-hour video can be viewed by clicking on the image to the left.

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Hingham Public Meeting: Planning Board and Zoning Board Will Review HMLP Substation Proposal

HINGHAM, MA – (May 20, 2024) – A joint meeting of the Hingham Planning Board and the Hingham Zoning Board of Appeals will be held via Zoom on June 4, 2024 at 7:00 p.m. to facilitate public review of Hingham Municipal Lighting Plant’s (HMLP) proposal to build a new electric substation. The proposed substation is part of HMLP’s proposal to ensure the reliability of Hingham’s electric supply with a new 3.2-mile underground, 115-kilovolt transmission line.

artist rendering for proposed substation at hingham transfer station

Artist rendering shows proposed substation at the Hingham Transfer Station

The proposed new, enclosed substation would be constructed at the northeastern corner of the Hingham Transfer Station off Hobart Street. HMLP selected the transfer station site because of its close proximity to its existing Hobart Street Substation, and because the transfer station site offers HMLP an opportunity to minimize visual and other impacts to the surrounding community. Moreover, construction and operation of the new substation will not interfere with transfer station activities.

The new substation is an integral part of a larger transmission project which includes: (1) a new tap station off Broad Street in Weymouth that will be built and operated by Eversource; (2) a 3.2-mile underground 115 kV line that will travel through Weymouth and Hingham; and (3) the new enclosed substation at the transfer station in Hingham. This project will provide Hingham with a critical second source of power and bring HMLP into compliance with regional reliability standards.

Currently, Hingham’s entire electric supply is fed by two overhead transmission lines, which occupy the same pole structures in a number of locations. If severe weather or another contingency causes one of these double-circuit poles to fall, Hingham residents and businesses could be without power for an extended period of time.

The new 115 kV underground line would be capable of handling all of Hingham’s electric needs if the overhead lines went out of service for any reason. Moreover, as the Town continues to pursue greater electrification consistent with its climate goals, the HEIRP will ensure adequate capacity for all customers and future uses.

The June 4 Hingham Planning and Zoning Board meeting will be held remotely via Zoom, beginning at 7:00 p.m. The dial-in number is 929-205-6099. The Meeting ID is 826 9132 5254 and the Passcode is 424332. Web users may go to https://zoom.us/join and use the same Meeting ID and Passcode. A copy of HMLP’s applications and associated plans and studies can be found at: https://www.hingham-ma.gov/767/Applications-Pending.

The purpose of the joint meeting is to give Hingham officials, residents, and businesses a chance to learn more about HMLP’s project and to provide comments on HMLP’s substation plans prior to HMLP’s filings later this year with the Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board and the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, including a petition to exempt the proposed substation from local zoning review in Hingham.

On April 12, 2024, HMLP provided the Planning Board and Zoning Board with detailed plans for its proposed substation, as well as its proposal for mitigating construction and operation impacts associated with substation. This informal review by the Planning Board and Zoning Board will allow the two Town Boards, as well as members of the public, to examine and offer feedback regarding HMLP’s engineering and construction plans.

“Like many utilities in similar situations, HMLP will pursue the zoning exemption path to ensure that the overall project – which has components in Hingham and Weymouth – can proceed through permitting in an integrated and timely manner,” said Tom Morahan, General Manager of HMLP. “We are committed to working cooperatively with Hingham as the Zoning Board and Planning Board jointly review the proposed substation and its impacts and offer a meaningful opportunity for members of the public to be heard.”

HMLP has been studying options for adding a new transmission line for more than six years. HMLP launched a separate website for the project in October 2021 at http://heirp.com. and HMLP has held 7 Open House events (some held jointly with Eversource) in Hingham and Weymouth over the last three years to invite the public to learn about the project and provide feedback.

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Hingham Municipal Lighting Plant
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Hingham Municipal Lighting Plant to hold October 12 community-wide Zoom Open House to seek input on proposed transmission line project

HINGHAM, MA – (September 29, 2022) – The Hingham Municipal Lighting Plant (HMLP) today announced it would hold a community-wide, virtual open house on Zoom to seek feedback from residents and businesses in Hingham and Weymouth about the planned Hingham Electrical Infrastructure Reliability Project (HEIRP).

The event will be held via Zoom on October 12 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Here is the Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81699378942?pwd=S3hzL1VUN2xyeVJwRWNLUVg5ZHF6dz09.

HMLP’s proposed project features a 3.7-mile 115 kV, underground transmission line that would traverse the public ways in Weymouth and Hingham; a new tap station near the Connell Ice Rink in Weymouth, which will be owned and operated by Eversource; and a new HMLP-owned substation in Hingham near the Town’s transfer station.  HMLP’s project is needed to ensure the reliability of electric service to Hingham homes and businesses in the event of a disruption to the single, overhead transmission feed that currently serves the Town.

Tom Morahan, general manager of HMLP, said the plan for the October 12 virtual open house is to provide information on the project, answer questions, and seek community feedback.   Over the last several weeks, HMLP has held a number of in-person open houses for the project, on August 25 and September 13 in Weymouth, and on September 28 in Hingham.  “Not everyone can make it out to a public event, and we realize there may be folks who are not comfortable attending public gatherings due to Covid,” Morahan said. “This event will let people participate and provide feedback from the comfort of their own home if they so choose.”

During the virtual open house event, HMLP will present maps and provide information about the project, including information on the preliminary proposed and alternative routes, and plans for the tap station and substation.  Members of the HMLP team will be on hand to answer questions.

“When construction is completed, residents and businesses in both Weymouth and Hingham will not know that the line is there,” Morahan said. “But, in order to get to that point, there will be some temporary disruption, and HMLP is committed to working with all affected residents, businesses and officials to ensure that local concerns are fully heard and that the impacts of construction are minimized.”

For more information about the project, please visit the project’s website at http://heirp.com.

About HMLP

HMLP has been providing reliable electric services to the residents and businesses of Hingham for more than 127 years. Our mission is to provide reliable electric service to the Town of Hingham while keeping rates reasonable, service quality high and operations environmentally sustainable, including a commitment to 100 percent carbon-free energy.

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Hingham Municipal Lighting Plant
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Hingham Municipal Lighting Plant schedules Sept. 28 open house in Hingham to seek public input on proposed transmission line project

HINGHAM, MA – (September 9, 2022) – The Hingham Municipal Lighting Plant (HMLP) today announced it would hold an open house to seek feedback from Hingham residents and businesses about its planned Hingham Electrical Infrastructure Reliability Project (HEIRP).

The event will be held at the Hingham Public Library, 66 Leavitt Street in Hingham. The hours are 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

HMLP’s project features a 3.7-mile 115 kV, underground transmission line that would traverse the public ways in Weymouth and Hingham.  It would ensure the reliability of electric service to Hingham homes and businesses in the event of a disruption to the single, overhead transmission feed that currently serves the Town.

The proposed underground route would begin at a new tap station near the Connell Ice Rink in Weymouth, which will be owned and operated by Eversource, and continue underground along Weymouth and Hingham streets to a new HMLP-owned substation in Hingham.

During the open house event, HMLP will display large-format maps and provide information about the project.  Members of the HMLP team will be on hand to answer questions.  The open-house format will allow residents to visit on their own schedule and provide important feedback regarding HMLP’s preliminary proposed route and its proposal to construct and operate a new substation at the Hingham Transfer Station.

Tom Morahan, HMLP General Manager, said that the proposed underground line and new substation “are necessary to ensure continued reliable electricity service for Hingham residents and businesses, and also will allow HMLP to support increased electrification consistent with the ambitious climate change goals of the Town of Hingham and the Commonwealth.”

“When construction is completed, residents and businesses in both Weymouth and Hingham will not know that the line is there,” Morahan said. “But, in order to get to that point, there will be some temporary disruption, and HMLP is committed to working with all affected residents, businesses and officials to ensure that local concerns are fully heard and that the impacts of construction are minimized.”

For more information about the project, please visit the project’s website at http://heirp.com.

 About HMLP

HMLP has been providing reliable electric services to the residents and businesses of Hingham for more than 127 years. Our mission is to provide reliable electric service to the Town of Hingham while keeping rates reasonable, service quality high and operations environmentally sustainable, including a commitment to 100 percent carbon-free energy.

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Tom Morahan
Hingham Municipal Lighting Plant
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Hingham Municipal Lighting Plant schedules two open house events in Weymouth to seek public input on proposed transmission line project

HINGHAM, MA – (August 1, 2022) – The Hingham Municipal Lighting Plant (HMLP) today announced it would hold two open house events to seek feedback from Weymouth residents and businesses about its preliminary proposed route – as well as its preliminary alternative route– for its planned Hingham Electrical Infrastructure Reliability Project (HEIRP).

Both open house events will be held at the Tufts Public Library, 46 Broad Street in Weymouth. The first event is scheduled for August 25 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The second open house will be held on September 13 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

HMLP’s project features a 3.7-mile 115 kV, underground transmission line that would traverse the public ways in Weymouth and Hingham.  It would ensure the reliability of electric service to Hingham homes and businesses in the event of a disruption to the single, overhead transmission feed that currently serves the Town.

The proposed underground route would begin at a new tap station near the Connell Ice Rink in Weymouth, which will be owned and operated by Eversource, and continue underground along Weymouth and Hingham streets to a new HMLP-owned substation in Hingham.

During both open house events, HMLP will display large-format maps and provide information about the project.  Members of the HMLP team will be on hand to answer questions.  The open-house format will allow residents to visit on their own schedule and provide important feedback regarding the preliminary proposed and alternative routes before HMLP makes its final route selections.

Tom Morahan, HMLP General Manager, said that obtaining public input is a vital part of the project.

“A significant portion of the new underground transmission line will be located in Weymouth,” Morahan said. “When construction is completed, residents and businesses in Weymouth will not know that the line is there.  But, in order to get to that point, there will be some temporary disruption, and HMLP is committed to working with Weymouth residents, businesses and officials to ensure that local concerns are fully heard and that the impacts of construction are minimized.”

For more information about the project, please visit the project’s website at  http://heirp.com.

About HMLP

HMLP has been providing reliable electric services to the residents and businesses of Hingham for more than 127 years. Our mission is to provide reliable electric service to the Town of Hingham while keeping rates reasonable, service quality high and operations environmentally sustainable, including a commitment to 100 percent carbon-free energy.

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Tom Morahan
Hingham Municipal Lighting Plant
tmorahan@hmlp.com
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HMLP schedules Community Meetings to seek public input on Hingham Electrical Infrastructure Reliability Project

 HINGHAM, MA – (October 6, 2021) – The Hingham Municipal Lighting Plant (HMLP) today announced the first in a series of planned Community Meetings that will offer residents a briefing – and welcome their input – on the planned Hingham Electrical Infrastructure Reliability Project. The first Community Meeting will be held on Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. via Zoom.

The proposed Hingham Electrical Infrastructure Reliability Project has two key elements: (1) a new, backup 115-kilovolt transmission line that will ensure the reliability of electric service to Hingham homes and businesses in the event of a disruption to the single transmission feed that currently serves the Town, and (2) additional electricity capacity above and beyond what is currently available from the existing line to help Hingham achieve its Climate Action Plan goals.

The primary focus of the October 18th meeting will be the proposed new, enclosed substation that would be constructed on an approximately 18,500 square-foot parcel located in the northeastern corner of DPW’s Hingham Transfer Station off Hobart Road. HMLP selected the transfer station site because of its close proximity to the existing Hobart Street Substation, and because the transfer station site offers HMLP an opportunity to minimize visual and other impacts to the surrounding community.

The Community Meetings are part of HMLP’s overall plan to submit Warrant Articles for the 2022 Hingham Town Meeting. The Warrant Articles will ask for approval to borrow funds to construct the project and for the right to use the Town’s transfer station site for the substation. The overall project cost is estimated to range between $55 million and $60 million, depending on variables to be narrowed later.

“We intend to be proactive in bringing this project before members of the Hingham community,” HMLP General Manager Tom Morahan said. “This is an important and significant project and we want our residential and business customers to fully understand HMLP’s plans and be able to provide valuable community feedback before we go before Town Meeting next Spring.”

Attendees can join the Community Meeting by entering the link from a computer, smartphone, or tablet.  No prior software download is required. Here is the link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85663516778?pwd=RnVZZGpMSmJHdVNUelc2czhnTklvdz09

Additional Community Meetings will be scheduled for to-be-determined dates in November and December.

About HMLP

HMLP has been providing reliable electric services to the residents and businesses of Hingham for more than 127 years. Our mission is to provide reliable electric service to the Town of Hingham while keeping rates reasonable, service quality high and operations environmentally sustainable, including a commitment to 100 percent carbon-free energy.