Southold, NY - September 14, 2015 - PSEG Long Island is committed to delivering best-in-class system reliability to our customers and to hardening the system to better withstand extreme weather like Superstorm Sandy. Strengthening key electric circuits in local neighborhoods will improve the reliability of the electric grid for thousands of our customers.
Beginning mid-September and lasting approximately four months, PSEG Long Island licensed and approved contractors will be working on system improvements on three circuits in the Town of Southold. FEMA funded upgrades are currently being completed on other circuits in Southold. These additional projects will bring FEMA funded system improvements to additional customers in Southold. Work will include replacing existing wires, installing new and more durable poles, and installing or replacing switching equipment to help reduce the number of customers affected by an outage.
“We are proactively working to avoid future outages for our customers in the Town of Southold,” said John O’Connell, PSEG Long Island vice president of transmission and distribution operations. “PSEG Long Island’s FEMA funded projects are an important step in providing customers with the best-in-class service that they deserve.”
This project is funded through the FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance Program, which was established to harden electrical distribution infrastructure against future storm damage and help restore power more quickly. Earlier this year, more than $729 million of federal recovery funds were secured for the Long Island Power Authority via an agreement last year between Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), under the FEMA 406 Mitigation Program.
For work locations and more project details, visit here.