2017-02-02 / News Briefs

Meeting on National Grid Substation

Residents will have an opportunity this week to weigh in on a strongly debated National Grid initiative designed to improve Aquidneck Island’s electrical capacity and reliability. The main component of the $93 million initiative is to construct a 3.1-acre electrical substation on Jepson Lane. Despite sharp criticism from the Middletown Town Council and residents, National Grid has asserted they plan to continue with the current design and will not purchase surrounding properties at any negotiated price.

In addition to the new Jepson substation, other objectives include a new substation in Newport, reconfiguration of the Dexter substation, the upgrade of two transmission lines from 69kV to 115kV, and the retirement of the North Aquidneck, South Aquidneck, Bailey Brook, Vernon, and Jepson substations.

The Energy Facility Siting Board will hold a meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 6:30 p.m. in the Portsmouth Town Council chambers, located at 2200 East Main Road. Also, a public preliminary hearing on National Grid’s plans is scheduled for March 24 at 9:30 a.m. in Hearing Room A of the Public Utilities Commission office building, 89 Jefferson Blvd., Warwick. Written public comments on the project may be mailed to the board at 89 Jefferson Blvd., Warwick, RI 02888 or emailed to todd.bianco@puc.ri.gov. Include “SB-2016 01 TNEC Aquidneck Island Reliability Project” in a subject line or heading.

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