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Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSEG) Long Island has successfully completed the installation of an underwater electric cable to Shelter Island, in time to meet peak demand during summer’s extreme heat.

The distribution cable, which travels under the Shelter Island Sound from Greenport to Shelter Island, is necessary to handle the ever-increasing electrical demand on Shelter Island and the East End.

“We are pleased to announce the Greenport to Shelter Island cable has been successfully installed and is supplying reliable power to Shelter Island customers,” said John O’Connell, vice president of transmission and distribution, PSEG Long Island. “Providing our customers with a reliable electric system is of utmost importance to us.”

In October 2017, construction crews began the delicate process of boring three underground conduits, or tunnels, between Greenport and Shelter Island. They then installed the electric cable in one of the conduits, leaving the other two as backups. The major construction work was completed by May 15.

Prior to Superstorm Sandy, Shelter Island was served by three distribution feeder lines, two from the North Fork and one from the South Fork. During Sandy, one of the North Fork feeders suffered damage and failed. The newly installed feeder line effectively replaces the cable lost during Sandy and will help ensure continued reliable electric service on Shelter Island and the East End.

“We thank PSEG Long Island for providing Shelter Island with the reliable power it needs. PSEG Long Island and its contractors were professional and great to work with,” said Stella Lagudis, general manager of the Shelter Island Heights Property Owners Corporation. “The execution was flawless. We also thank the Village of Greenport for collaborating on this project.”

Increased electrical load growth throughout the region requires additional capacity across the East End. The new cable not only benefits the residents of Shelter Island, it reduces the stress on the main land electric system.

"We are pleased with the outcome of this important, enhanced resiliency project, which resulted in a large-scale upgrade for our residents, said George Hubbard, mayor of Greenport Village. “We thank our Village residents for their support and patience, and also thank the professional and pleasant PSEG Long Island crews and foremen.”

PSEG Long Island’s continuous improvements in infrastructure, technology and communications are boosting reliability to customers across Long Island and the Rockaways, during the summer season and throughout the year.