National Grid is investing more than $243,000 in upgrades to its electricity distribution system off County Route 131 in Johnstown, NY. The project involves equipment enhancements to improve reliability in the area including new wire, poles and other equipment replacements and enhancements. This project is part of infrastructure investments being made across National Grid’s upstate New York and New England service territories over a five-year period.
Between March 2006 and 2011, National Grid projects that capital expenditure on enhancements to its existing upstate New York electricity network will total more than $1.4 billion.
“Reliability is very important to our customers and when the demand for power increases in a community, projects like this are necessary to maintain and improve that reliability,” said Keith McAfee, National Grid’s vice president of operations for upstate New York’s Eastern Division. “The investments we make in our system now through our infrastructure investments will deliver benefits down the road resulting in fewer outages, a safer system and improved customer satisfaction.”
As part of the Johnstown project, 1.5 miles of new wire is being installed. In addition the following work is being done:
· Installation of animal guards that are used to discourage animals from making contact with electrical equipment, a significant cause of outages
· Replacement of 54 cross arms from which power lines and equipment are hung. Cross arms that are in poor condition can cause outages.
· Replacement of 55 poles.
· Replacement of 15 cutouts, or line fuses, that isolate portions of the line experiencing an outage and prevent the outage from affecting a larger customer group
· Replacement of 169 insulators, equipment used to insulate power lines from the utility pole and other nearby equipment; damaged insulators can result in power outages
· Replacement of 6 transformers
National Grid is an international energy delivery company. In the US, National Grid delivers electricity to approximately 3.3 million customers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island, and manages the electricity network on Long Island under an agreement with the Long Island Power Authority. National Grid is the largest power producer in New York State, owning 6,650 megawatts of electricity generation that provides power to over one million LIPA customers and supplies roughly a quarter of New York City’s electricity needs. It is also the largest distributor of natural gas in the northeastern US, serving approximately 3.4 million customers in New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.