The energy utility Eversource is holding community meetings this month regarding a potential new substation to be located in western Burlington near Winn Street and Pearson Circle.
The substation, which could begin construction around 2026, would ease the burden on the town’s existing energy infrastructure as development continues, said Eversource Project Outreach Manager Miles Lang-Kennedy.
“There’s an existing substation in Burlington on Middlesex Turnpike, and that substation is reaching its design capacity,” Lang-Kennedy said. “The goal is to bring another substation and another source of power into the community.”
Substations convert energy into different voltages. Power is transmitted long distances through high-voltage power lines, and must be “stepped down” to more appropriate voltages for home use – like an off-ramp slowing traffic from the highway, or water pipes with smaller diameters as they branch off the main lines, Lang-Kennedy explained.
“It’s not often that a community has a new substation come to it, so that’s why we have an internal project team and we dedicate a lot of resources to it,” he said. “We know that this is something that has an impact on the community.”
The meetings are scheduled for Wednesday, June 14 at 12 p.m. on Zoom, and Wednesday, June 21 at 6 p.m. at the Burlington Public Library. Details are available here.
For more information on the project, call 1-833-836-0302, or email ProjectInfoMA@Eversource.com.