New substation will improve reliability for 7,000 customers in Southern Tier
BINGHAMTON, NY — November 12, 2021 — New York State Electric & Gas (NYSEG) announced today it has completed the replacement of the Willet substation, which delivers power to customers’ homes and businesses, as part of the company’s commitment to provide safe and reliable service to customers. The substation serves approximately 7,000 customers in Cincinnatus, Marathon, McDonough, South Otselic, Whitney Point and Willet. It also serves as a backup power source for Greene.
To improve reliability for customers, NYSEG retired the original substation and constructed a brand new substation on the same lot on State Route 221 in Willet. The substation serves as a mid-point between substations in Etna and East Norwich. The project began in Spring 2020 and was designed to provide space for two station transformers instead of the single transformer previously operating at capacity.
“The new Willet substation provides greater system operating flexibility and improves the control and reliability of the electric grid in Broome, Cortland and Chenango counties,” said Kevin Rice, NYSEG manager, substation operations. “Previously, the Willet substation could only accommodate one transformer. We have since relocated that to the new substation and installed a second, newer transformer that we can control remotely, allowing for faster response times and reduced downtime."
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About NYSEG: New York State Electric & Gas Corporation (NYSEG) is a subsidiary of AVANGRID, Inc. Established in 1852, NYSEG operates approximately 35,000 miles of electric distribution lines and 4,500 miles of electric transmission lines across more than 40% of upstate New York. It also operates more than 8,150 miles of natural gas distribution pipelines and 20 miles of gas transmission pipelines. It serves approximately 894,000 electricity customers and 266,000 natural gas customers. For more information, visit nyseg.com.
About AVANGRID: AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE: AGR) is a leading, sustainable energy company with approximately $36 billion in assets and operations in 24 U.S. states. With headquarters in Orange, Connecticut, AVANGRID has two primary lines of business: Avangrid Networks and Avangrid Renewables. Avangrid Networks owns eight electric and natural gas utilities, serving more than 3.3 million customers in New York and New England. Avangrid Renewables owns and operates a portfolio of renewable energy generation facilities across the United States. AVANGRID employs approximately 6,600 people. AVANGRID supports the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals and was named among the World’s Most Ethical Companies in 2019 and 2020 by the Ethisphere Institute. For more information, visit avangrid.com.
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