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LIPA Plans To Improve Electric Service in East Hampton Area

Informational meeting on the project will be held on Thursday evening.

The public is invited to a "open house" on Thursday for information on a project to improve the reliability of electric service in and around East Hampton.

The Long Island Power Authority plans to install a new transmission line from the East Hampton substation to the Amagansett substation in order to improve "the growing load from East Hampton going east," according to a notice on Wednesday.

The open house will include several presentations from National Grid, describing the different phases of the project, according to Mark Gross, a spokesman with LIPA.

"To minimize disruption to the community, LIPA will be upgrading and replacing each of the existing poles in order to accommodate the existing distribution line as well as a new transmission line. The new infrastructure will be storm hardened, graded to withstand 130 mph hurricane force winds, and increase the electric reliability to your community," the notice reads.

The work is not slated to begin until sometime next year, Gross said.

The presentations will be held at the Emergency Communications Building on Cedar Street in East Hampton Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m.
tito September 11, 2013 at 09:06 PM
why not bury the lines???
Nanci e. LaGarenne September 12, 2013 at 10:18 AM
exactly, Tito! why don't they do that? and when do we explore other avenues of power, like harnessing wind? if we can have noisy planes flying overhead and speeding cars in quiet neighborhoods with bad music blaring, then what is wrong with windmills?
podjoe September 12, 2013 at 12:12 PM
Sure, bury the lines,Tito, how much you willing to pay for that??? In Southampton, we already pay a surcharge for burying a few lines because a couple of rich people didn't want to see them. Nanci, seems like you've already harnessed wind power . But unlike the seemingly endless liberal talking points about it, the fact is this : wind dies, and it is a totally inefficient power source.
mjt September 12, 2013 at 08:54 PM
Gee podjoe, was it necessary to get nasty? This was a pleasant discussion. (If I misunderstood your comment about Nanci, I apologize.) However, my BIL lives in Riverhead, has a private windmill and enjoys selling power to LIPA. It is not as inefficient as you might think.

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