In addition to the extensive energy efficiency efforts that have been in place on Nantucket for several years, National Grid’s IslandReady: A Nantucket Electricity Initiative proposes a multi-faceted, holistic approach to upgrading the Island’s electrical infrastructure, ultimately providing residents and businesses with safe and more reliable electric service.
There are three main components that make up National Grid’s IslandReady project:
Candle Street Substation Upgrades:
- Three existing switchgear boxes housed at the substation (used to control and protect substation equipment) , along with a new (fourth) switchgear box, will be relocated within the property and placed on a newly constructed platform to provide increased reliability and safety (anticipated completion: TBD)
- Transformer controls also will be relocated from the sides of the existing transformers to inside the control house (brick building) on the property to provide protection from potential flood waters (this work was completed in Spring 2018)
Distribution System Upgrades:
- Installation of a new feeder (L8) will create increased capacity for the east side of Nantucket (Milestone Road area), improve switching ability on the Island’s distribution network, and reduce the potential for outages on other feeders, which serve critical facilities on Nantucket (e.g. hospital, airport, and wastewater treatment facility); this work is expected to be completed by spring 2020
- The existing underground cable located downtown will be upgraded – including the installation of new underground conduit and larger manholes – to improve reliability and decrease outages, and to meet increased capacity needs (anticipated completion: TBD)
Back-up Generation & Battery Storage:
- A new diesel-powered generator will replace two aging generators at National Grid’s Bunker Road facility (anticipated completion: July 2019)
- A new Battery Energy Storage System will also be installed at Bunker Road to reduce loading on the cables (anticipated completion: June 2019
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