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May 3, 2021

PSEG Long Island: Riverhead and Canal Substations

Thank you for your patience and understanding throughout the construction of this essential project.

May 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. To enhance reliability in the East End of Long Island, PSEG Long Island received permission to construct a new, 138 kilovolt (138kV) underground transmission line between two area substations. We call this the “Riverhead to Canal Second 138kV Underground Cable Project” or “RTC.”

The new line will make the infrastructure more resilient and will improve redundancy, which is vital to ensuring that you and your neighbors receive safe, reliable electric power for years to come. The line ensures that PSEG Long Island remains in compliance with federal and state electrical requirements.

Construction crews are now completing the final portions of the RTC within the greater project area. Current activities include restoration of the access way along Sunrise Highway, in the various neighborhoods of Hampton Bays, and general plantings and seeding throughout the entire project area. Restoration work is anticipated to be completed in June 2021.

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 RTC 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 or concerns, you may contact the project by calling 631-315-3132.

Thank you for your patience and understanding throughout the construction of this essential project.

Craig Watkins
Project Manager Riverhead to Canal Second 138kV Underground Cable 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 “physical 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 physical 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

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