NYSEG Upgrading Electric Distribution System in Towns of Pound Ridge and Lewisboro
Resiliency investments to bring enhanced reliability to more than 1,600 customers
BINGHAMTON, NY — May 21, 2021 — New York State Electric & Gas (NYSEG) announced today that it recently began construction on a circuit upgrade project that will benefit more than 1,600 customers in the towns of Pound Ridge and Lewisboro. Construction has begun to upgrade the Pound Ridge 455 circuit, which delivers power to customers’ homes and businesses. The Pound Ridge 455 Circuit is located in the southeastern area of the towns, near the Connecticut border. Work is currently being performed along Conant Valley Road, Glen Drive, Lockwood Road, and East Street.
“The investments in this infrastructure being made by NYSEG will enhance the reliability of service to the communities and customers we serve,“ said Andy Gumkowski, Manager of Resiliency Field Projects at NYSEG. “These upgrades will make the system more resilient to severe weather and bring greater reliability to the customers served by this circuit.”
This project will upgrade approximately 9.6 miles of power lines and bring enhanced reliability to approximately 1,604 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. Portions of this project will upgrade the distribution system from a “single-phase” line to “three-phase” lines. This upgrade allows for greater capacity of electricity to meet customer demands. As a result of this project, the Pound Ridge 455 circuit will have created self-tying loops that allow customers to receive their electricity through multiple paths. Creating these ties throughout the circuit provide for enhanced reliability of service.
Along the circuit the company is installing 11 new SCADA switches. SCADA switches provide NYSEG with the ability to temporarily switch which circuit is powering a customer’s home or business. Additionally, the project will install five Trip Savers and one Recloser. This equipment is used to protect the system and could potentially reduce the duration or number of customer impacted when an outage occurs.
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.
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.
The construction on this project began on May 19th and is expected to be completed in October 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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