A heavy workload caused by the increasing complexities of the utility business prompted the Light Board to step up its monthly meetings to every three weeks in 1990. That same year, a customer newsletter was introduced to keep customers informed about their utility, especially on issues related to policy, energy conservation and the environment.
Renovations, Remodels & New Center ConstructionFacing the need to update and expand, the Board approved plans to remodel the garage facility in the early 90’s. The renovation, a short-term measure to relieve immediate problems, included storage electric heaters in the garage’s office area to serve as a demonstration project. That same year, the Board voted to support the concept of a land swap with the state to acquire a 25 acre parcel of land on Route 2A for construction of a new consolidated operations center. The new center would be a long-term solution to a decades-old need for expanded office, garage, warehouse and storage facilities in one efficient location.
Power Supply Costs & Rate ReliefThere was good news concerning power supply costs in the spring of 1993, when a favorable power contract with Boston Edison was signed. The new contract was designed to save Concord Municipal Light Plant (CMLP) some $22 million over 22 years, and resolved five pieces of litigation including a $3.5 million refund to CMLP. Also in 1993, CMLP sold back to Edison the use rights for the 14 kilovolt distribution facilities that were acquired in 1980. The rights were no longer necessary, thanks to Concord’s new 115,000 volt substation.
Additional rate relief came that fall in the form of low-cost hydro power from Hydro Quebec in Canada. Concord joined 38 other New England electric utilities in signing the seven-year contract, which also offered three years of extensions.