Powering up over the flood waters
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Additionally, several measures have been taken since Sandy at New York State’s direction to bolster long Island’s power transmission system, including investing $16.5 million to prune 2,000 miles of trees along the electric system, removing about 1,000 damaged and diseased trees outside of the typical trim zone that potentially could cause damage during a major storm and improving the size and strength of poles that contain vital equipment to better withstand hurricane-strength winds.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo who took a tour of a Sandy-ravaged Long Beach substation last month and said that Sandy revealed “serious weaknesses” in LIPA’s management and operation and that was the compelling reason for bringing in PSEG (Public Service Electric and Gas Company). “[Now] we are building on these efforts with the strengthening of these key vulnerable substations which will help protect Long Island residents from outages during major storms,” he state in a prepared release.
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