Circuit Reliability Upgrades to Begin in Nissequogue, Smithtown
(Uniondale, N.Y. — Jan. 24, 2018) — PSEG Long Island is beginning another circuit reliability project in the Town of Smithtown, specifically in Nissequogue and Smithtown, to improve the reliability of the energy grid in the area.
Beginning in January and lasting approximately three months, PSEG Long Island licensed and approved contractors will work on this route, replacing existing electrical wires, installing new and more durable poles, installing or replacing switching equipment, and transferring main line wires underground in select rear properties to enhance reliability. These infrastructure upgrades will help reduce the number of customers affected by an outage.
“Outstanding electric reliability is one of PSEG Long Island’s top priorities,” said John O’Connell, PSEG Long Island vice president of Transmission and Distribution Operations. “This infrastructure improvement project in Nissequogue and Smithtown is just one of hundreds of FEMA-funded upgrades we have been making at no additional cost to our customers.”
The route covers approximately 4.25 miles along an electric main line circuit. Crews will work on the following streets:
- Nissequogue River Road between LIRR (north of Kings Highway) and Moriches Road
- Moriches Road between Nissequogue River Road and Branglebrink Road
For more project details, visit PSEG Long Island’s FEMA project page at https://www.psegliny.com/inthecommunity/currentintiatives/femaimprovementprojects and select Town of Smithtown.
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. In 2014, more than $729 million of federal recovery funds were secured for the Long Island Power Authority via an agreement between Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), under the FEMA 406 Mitigation Program.
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 $9.1 billion.