Third Taxing District Breaks Ground on Fitch Street Substation

TTD Announces “Independent Transmission” with July 11th Groundbreaking

Norwalk CT – (July 12, 2013) – TTD, Norwalk’s Third Taxing District, officially broke ground on the Fitch Street Substation on July 11th. This will be the first new substation to be built by TTD since the completion of the Rowan Street facility in 1980. TTD General Manager Jim Smith, TTD Commissioners Charles Yost and David Brown, Principal Engineer Joe Cristino of Cristino Associates, Region Electrical Service Marketing Manager George Catechis of Eaton Corporation, and Norwalk Mayor Richard Moccia were on-hand to kick-off the project.

Discussions of a new, additional substation on the Fitch Street property began in 2009, and after receiving approval in 2010, the purchase and demolition process began. Through 2011-2012, attorneys and engineers were engaged in anticipation of developing a formal request to the State Siting Council for permission to build the substation. The Siting Council gave their approval to build the station in October 2012.

“The new facility will be fed directly from 4KV cables from TTD’s existing East Avenue substation, eliminating the need for the use of 27KV cables from outside the district,” said Jim Smith, General Manager of TTD since 2012.

“The addition Fitch Street Substation will result in approximate savings of $5 million over the next 10 years,” Smith remarked. “The savings will benefit our customers and allow us to serve the East Norwalk community more efficiently.”
As a direct transmission owner, power will be provided directly from the New England power grid, removing CL&P’s “transmission charges” and ending TTD’s dependence on CL&P’s infrastructure. NE ISO (manager of the New England power grid) will filter a payment stream in place of dependence on CL&P and TTD will maintain on-going control of all TTD services.

About The Third Taxing District
The Third Taxing District encompasses all of East Norwalk. The District operates an Electric Department that provides high service, reliable, low-cost electricity to East Norwalk residents and businesses. It also owns and maintains several mini parks, as well as the East Norwalk Historical Cemetery, Firehouse and Association Library. TTD is governed by a Board of three Commissioners elected by the residents to 6-year terms, with staggered terms.