Resiliency investments to bring enhanced reliability to more than 4,100 customers
BINGHAMTON, NY — March 9, 2021 — New York State Electric & Gas (NYSEG) announced today that it recently began construction on two circuit upgrade projects in the town of Carmel on the company’s Crafts 422 and Crafts 423 circuits, which deliver power to customers’ homes and businesses. The Crafts 423 circuit is located on the northern area of town and work is currently being performed along Horsepound Road. The Crafts 422 is located in the southern portion of Carmel and construction has begun along Stebbins Road. Together, the projects will upgrade approximately three miles of power lines and bring enhanced reliability to approximately 4,107 customers. The projects are part of the company’s Resiliency Program which proactively hardens the company’s system to continue providing safe and reliable service to all customers.
“NYSEG is committed to making investments that enhance the reliability of service for the communities we serve,” said Andy Gumkowski, Manager of Resiliency Field Projects at NYSEG. “These upgrades, once completed, will strengthen the system against severe weather events and reduce the duration of outages should an incident occur.”
Along each circuit the company is installing new SCADA switches. SCADA switches provide NYSEG with the ability to temporarily switch which circuit is powering a customer’s home or business. As a result of this project, the Crafts 422 and 423 circuits will tie into three other adjacent circuits, providing additional sources of power supply to customers. The Crafts 423 circuit also serves the Carmel town hall and police department and Mahopac Volunteer Fire Department fire house. This circuit enhancement will also improve resiliency and reliability to these facilities.
Prior to starting construction, NYSEG also completed enhanced tree trimming along the power lines to address any overgrowth of trees, branches and foliage which can break during storms and damage power infrastructure. Broken trees and branches are the leading cause of power interruptions for NYSEG customers and this effort included trimming from ground to sky and removing overhanging limbs to create a higher overhead clearance. Conducting the enhanced tree trimming ensures the circuit is better prepared for harsh storm conditions and works hand in hand with the resiliency upgrades.
Additionally, the poles used for these projects are wider in diameter than the poles previously used, making them more resilient to the impacts of wind. The placement of these poles will require rock drilling in some areas due to their location, adding complexity to the construction.
NYSEG advises customers that temporary and minor traffic delay may occur during the project period. The company also asks that motorist use extra caution when near crews and work zones.
“Our NYSEG crews will be seen working throughout the next few months on Stebbins Road and Horsepound Road in Carmel,” said Gumkowski. “These are high-traffic areas, so we thank our customers in advance for their attentiveness as they pass through work zones. This will allow crews to complete the upgrades safely and efficiently.”
The construction on these projects has already begun and is expected to be completed in April 2021.
NYSEG is a subsidiary of AVANGRID, Inc.
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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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