The $2.1 million project included upgrading power lines from 4,000 volts to 13,800 volts and proactively retiring a substation that could have become prone to flooding as increasingly severe weather continues to threaten the region.
The Houghs Neck project is a great demonstration of our approach to investing in our infrastructure, said Marcy Reed, president of National Grid in Massachusetts. We took a look at our electrical system, forecasted the effects of weather and other factors over the long term, and realized that we can make an efficient investment today that will prevent this from becoming an outage-prone area in the future.
The support of the City of Quincy was integral to the success of this important project. National Grid worked closely with Mayor Tom Kochs office, city councilors and other officials, as well as the fire department, police, the department of public works and residents to ensure the construction process would cause minimum disruption to the local community.
In addition to the technological benefit and minimizing the risk for outages, the deconstruction of the Houghs Neck substation removes infrastructure from the flood plain and improves the gateway to our neighborhood, said Margaret E. Laforest, ward councilor for Houghs Neck.
The project began in the spring of 2013, and will be officially completed when the Houghs Neck substation is retired later this year. Construction of the power line was finished this summer, and customers were successfully switched over to new infrastructure in mid-August.
National Grids investment in Quincys electric network is one example of Connect21, the companys overall approach to planning and operating energy infrastructure in the Northeast. National Grid has taken a leadership role in bringing the nations electric and natural gas systems into the 21st century through increasingly resilient infrastructure, enabling new technologies to be implemented more quickly and helping customers take control of their energy use.