Construction complete on the Wildwood to Riverhead Conversion Project

Please see "News" for the special announcement regarding the completion of all activities associated with the Project.

News & Events

  • 2021

SPECIAL MESSAGE: Construction complete on the Wildwood to Riverhead Conversion Project.

June 9, 2021.

Dear neighbor:

PSEG Long Island is committed to delivering best-in-class system reliability by expanding electrical capacity to meet the needs of the communities it serves, today and in the future. This is especially true on the eastern end of Long Island, where demand continues to grow and upgrades to the transmission infrastructure are needed.

Recently, you may have noticed crews strengthening the system in your area as a part of a project called the "Wildwood to Riverhead Conversion Project,” or WTR.

The crews have completed all the approved through the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) "Article VII” and Environmental Management and Construction Plan permitting process. The work included the replacement of existing insulators, davit arms, and guy wires on certain structures within the LIPA-owned right-of-way, as well as necessary upgrades at both the Wildwood Substation in East Shoreham and the Riverhead Substation in Riverside.

With construction coming to an end, we wanted to thank you for your participation and cooperation as a part of the project’s External Affairs outreach plan community. Whether it was your participation in the permitting process as a homeowner, regulator, an educator, a businessowner, or emergency responder, we appreciate your time and patience during the construction of this essential project. 

Without your assistance, the construction of the WTR would not have been a success. As we strive to be a good community partner and neighbor, the lessons learned from this project will help guide us in future endeavors. 

If you have any final questions, please contact the WTR team via the hotline (631-315-3130), email (info@wildwood2riverhead.com), or the website (www.wildwood2riverhead.com).

As always, customer and employee safety is our primary concern. Please be cautious when travelling near our construction work zones.   

Sincerely,

Craig Watkins

Project Manager
Wildwood to Riverhead Conversion Project
PSEG Long Island
 

A brief note on COVID-19

PSEG Long Island is deeply committed to the health, safety and wellbeing of our customers, employees and our communities. We ask that customers remain in their homes while crews are working nearby. If customers must speak with our crews, we ask that they practice responsible "social distancing” and remain at least 6 feet away to ensure the health of everyone involved. The contractor for this project has provided PSEG Long Island with its safety plan, which meets current regulatory requirements with respect to COVID-19, including social distancing measures.

We are leveraging the guidance of the CDC and state and local authorities in the areas we operate. At PSEG Long Island, we know that our customers rely on us to power their lives and businesses. We are doing our part in fulfilling this commitment. For more information, please visit www.psegliny.com/covid19


About the Project

Project Mission Statement:

PSEG Long Island is committed to delivering best-in-class system reliability by expanding electrical capacity to meet the needs of the communities it serves, today and in the future. This is especially true on the eastern end of Long Island, where demand continues to grow, and upgrades to the transmission infrastructure are needed.


Project Overview 

PSEG Long Island will be continuing construction of the "Wildwood to Riverhead Conversion Project,” which will provide needed upgrades to existing substation equipment at both the Wildwood Substation in East Shoreham and the Riverhead Substation in Riverside. In addition, a new 138kV underground transmission line section will be constructed from the Wildwood Substation to just east of LILCO Road, and three existing transmission poles will be removed and replaced with three new riser poles. At the Riverhead Substation, one pole will be removed, and insulators will be replaced. 

Crews will use bucket trucks and heavy equipment to remove and replace the transmission poles, as well as trench and install the underground transmission line section.

The upgrades will ensure that you and your neighbors receive safe, reliable electric power for years to come.

Project Facts

  • New substation equipment at the Wildwood and Riverhead Substations.
  • 900 feet of new underground transmission cable from Wildwood Substation to just east of the LILCO Road in East Shoreham.
  • Three poles replaced with three new riser structures at Wildwood Substation.
  • One pole removed, one pole with new insulators at Riverhead Substation.

New York State Public Service Commission Process

The New York State Public Service Commission (PSC), through the Article VII process, granted a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need (CECPN) on July 12, 2012, and an Environmental Management and Construction Plan (EM&CP) approval on July 3, 2014, permitting PSEG Long Island to construct the project.

For information about the Article VII Application and related documents in this case, please access the PSC's website (documents.dps.ny.gov/public/MatterManagement/CaseMaster.aspx?MatterCaseNo=11-T-0116&submit=Search).

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Construction Process

Insulator and Pole Replacement

The existing insulators will be replaced with newer insulators on one pole near the Riverhead Substation.  Overhead bucket trucks will complete this work within the corridor.

Substation Equipment and Trenching

New equipment will be added to both the Wildwood Substation in East Shoreham and the Riverhead Substation in Riverside to accommodate the new 138kV voltage. 900 feet of new underground cable will be added to the circuit for reliability purposes.

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