LIPA upgrades lines for East End power demands

LIPA has started work on a $6.5-million transmission-line

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LIPA has started work on a $6.5-million transmission-line upgrade to deal with growing power demands on the East End. (Aug. 29, 2011) (Credit: Newsday / Audrey C. Tiernan)

The Long Island Power Authority has started a transmission-line upgrade that officials said will be needed next year to deal with growing power demands on the East End.

Work on the $6.5-million project involves replacing insulators on a 10.6-mile stretch of transmission line so that it can carry 138 kilovolts, rather than its current rating of 69 kilovolts. The power line itself won't need...

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