Greenport residents weigh PSEG plan for Shelter Island cable

The contract proposal was released this week, and the village plans to hold a public session this coming Thursday.

The underground cable path would begin at the PSEG substation on Sills Lane and Route 25 and run east to Fifth Street - then south to the bay - and across to Shelter Island. The project is an effort to bring a better power supply to Shelter Island.

The underground cable path would begin at the PSEG substation on Sills Lane and Route 25 and run east to Fifth Street - then south to the bay - and across to Shelter Island. The project is an effort to bring a better power supply to Shelter Island. (3/17/17)

GREENPORT - Residents are reviewing a controversial plan to run an underwater, high-powered electric cable from Greenport to Shelter Island.

The underground cable path would begin at the PSEG substation on Sills Lane and Route 25 and run east to Fifth Street – then south to the bay – and across to Shelter Island. The project is an effort to bring a better power supply to Shelter Island.

Greenport doesn't use PSEG service because the village has had its own power company since 1887.

The utility company would pay Greenport $1.3 million and would repair and repave all the roads it would rip up during the process. Some residents say they are not happy about the headache the project would cause.

The village is expected to have another public comment session on the proposal next week and will vote on the plan next month.

In a statement, PSEG said "The Village of Greenport and PSEG Long Island have worked hard over the last year to identify the right solution that will significantly benefit the residents of the village and all of PSEG Long Island's customers. We look forward to the upcoming vote by the Village Trustees so that we can get this critical infrastructure project completed in a timely manner, with limited disruption to the local community."

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