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New York automated substation installation complete

SUBNET Solutions Inc | Friday, June 03, 2011

As New York prepares for an uptick in electricity demand as the summer months approach, a new automated substation recently went online in a community outside of New York City, according to a report.

The Lower Hudson Valley News reports that a new substation that took more than one year to construct recently went online in time for summer in Orangeburg. The newly installed substation presented a dilemma for planners, however, as engineers, city officials and residents all collaborated on the plans.

According to the news source, Verizon Wireless representative David Samberg said the substation was necessary to ensure the area's power supply network was able to meet the mounting demand it faces as the population has grown over the years. While substations do not generate electricity, they take high-voltage electricity from the transmission system and convert it into lower voltage.

The substation was ultimately built in a remote part of the city away from residents so it would not hurt property values. The news source reports that more than 30 percent of the substation's capacity will be directed toward Verizon Wireless; the rest will serve an office park and residents' homes.

Some new substations are not equipped with the proper smart grid security measures, worrying industry watchers.

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