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Hingham Municipal Lighting Plant
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.
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.