November 8, 2012

Vt. power line vandalism cost utilities $1.25M

Nearly 170 insulators were shot out in a transmission line capable of carrying 10 percent of the electricity used throughout New England.

The Associated Press

CONCORD, Vt. — An official with the Vermont company that owns the state's electrical transmission grid says vandalism to a line that runs from Quebec to Massachusetts cost New England ratepayers about $1 million.

Vermont Electric Power Company Vice President Kerrick Johnson says that cost was to buy replacement power while the line in the Northeast Kingdom town of Concord was shut down for repairs. Replacing the shot-out insulators cost about $250,000.

The transmission line is capable of carrying 10 percent of the electricity used throughout New England.

The damage was discovered last Friday and took two days to repair.

The Caledonian Record reports 167 insulators were shot out. The case was reviewed by state and federal authorities to determine if it was terrorist-related, but it's being treated as vandalism.

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