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PSEG Long Island tackles outages in Long Beach

PSEG Long Island on Thursday repaired equipment in a Long Beach neighborhood after a dozen customers reported a series of intermittent outages during some of the season’s hottest weather.

At 9 this morning, a PSEG crew added a new transformer to a pole at Georgia Avenue and West Beech Street and replaced some secondary wiring. At least five short-term outages have hit the neighborhood over the past two weeks, officials said.

“We believe we’ve implemented a solution for those customers going forward,” PSEG spokesman Jeff Weir said.

PSEG blamed the original problem on weaknesses in portions of the system in Long Beach following the 2012 devastation by superstorm Sandy, and generally higher power use by some business customers in the area.

“At the end of the day, the entire Long Beach system was impacted by Sandy,” Weir said. “We’ve been working to make the system more resilient in that area.”

The utility had scheduled the repair for July 23, but some business customers requested a delay, he said.

The section of line that caused the outages ultimately required a larger transformer, Weir said, but logistics issues in getting into yards to place it have forestalled the needed work. Transformers reduce higher voltage power so that it can be used in homes and offices.

The new transformer required a new larger pole, a complex repair in Long Beach, where many of the distribution lines and poles are in customers’ yards.


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