PSEG Long Island Adds More FEMA Reliability Projects in Riverhead

Written by Long Island News & PR  |  11. November 2015

Uniondale, NY - November 10, 2015 - PSEG Long Island is expanding current circuit reliability work in the Town of Riverhead. The utility is adding additional work locations to better improve the reliability of the electric grid for its local customers.

Beginning November, and lasting approximately six months, PSEG Long Island licensed and approved contractors will be working on system improvements in the Town of Riverhead. 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.

“Increasing the number of FEMA projects in Riverhead will provide greater reliability to even more of our customers in the area and will allow us to continue on our mission to be the best-in-class electric utility our customers deserve,” said John O’Connell, PSEG Long Island vice president of transmission and distribution operations.

Project Route
The route will cover approximately five miles along an electric main line circuit. PSEG Long Island licensed and approved contractors will be working on the following streets in the Town of Riverhead:

  • Route 25 (Main Road) between Howell Avenue and Washington Avenue
  • Tuthills Lane between Route 25 and south of South Apollo Drive

In addition, switching equipment will be installed along:

  • Route 25 (Main Road) between West Lane and Church Lane
  • Edgar Ave south of Route 25 (Main Road)
  • Old Country Road between Northville Turnpike and Park Avenue
  • Peconic Bay Boulevard between Washington Avenue and South Jamesport Avenue
  • Tuthills Lane north of Route 25 (Main Road)

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 more project details, visit here.

PSEG Long Island operates the Long Island Power Authority’s transmission and distribution system under a 12-year contract. PSEG Long Island is a subsidiary of Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (NYSE:PEG), a publicly traded diversified energy company with annual revenues of approximately $11 billion.

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