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PSEG-LI explores alternatives to Southold cable

Efforts to restore a third critical power link to Shelter Island may be shifting to Greenport as PSEG Long Island explores alternatives to a Southold cable location that previously riled neighbors.

A person familiar with the talks said PSEG officials have met with representatives of Greenport Village to explore locations for an underwater power cable to Shelter Island from somewhere in the village.

The cable previously had been slated for a residential area of Southold, but equipment failure and complaints from neighbors led to abandonment of the location two years ago.

PSEG then attempted to negotiate a plan with Shelter Island Town officials to build a substation on the island that would have eliminated the need for a cable from Southold. Shelter Islander residents recently rejected that plan.

A person familiar with the Greenport proposal described discussions as "very preliminary" and said no precise location has been settled on. Any site in the village would have to be "mutually beneficial" to the village and the utility, the person said. The full Greenport village board is expected to be briefed on the plan soon.

A call to Greenport Mayor George Hubbard was not returned.

PSEG, in a statement, said it was "eager to finalize its plans to ensure the long-term resiliency and reliability for our customers on Shelter Island. All options remain on the table and we continue to explore the best options that will deliver the safe and resilient power that Shelter Island needs with the least amount of disruption or impact."

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