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Eversource Energy Proposes New Substation in Greenwich

Site would be 290 Railroad Ave., home of Pet Pantry Warehouse

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Greenwich, CT | Added on March 13, 2015 At 09:59 PM

Eversource Energy is proposing plans for a new substation to be built at 290 Railroad Ave in Greenwich. 

"We have a lot of electronic devices in our homes, modern conveniences that all require electricity. We are staying ahead of it, and to continue to stay ahead of it, we proposed this new substation," said Frank Poirot, Eversource media relations. 

There is currently a bulk station in Cos Cob, but Eversource says it will exceed it's capacity in 2017. 

"The energy consumption in this Town is astronomical. From a geographical standpoint, we are the end of the line. There's no redundancy, not much anything. It's all coming from Stamford. We need to have a better transmission and distribution system," said Dan Warzoha, the Town's emergency management director. 

But not everyone in Town believes the proposed Railroad Ave. location would be best for the substation. Currently, it is the home of Pet Pantry Warehouse which has been leasing the property from Eversource since the 70's. 

"Eversource has notified us of an early termination to our lease which should not have been expiring until 2018," said Executive VP of Pet Pantry Warehouse Adam Jacobson. 

Pet Pantry says this could result in the loss of up to 35 jobs for hits employees. The store also believes this is the wrong part of Town to build this type of structure. 

"It would really turn this gateway area of mixed use- residential, commercial- into an industrialized zone," said Jacobson. 

Eversource says the substation would supply electricity to the Town for at least 30 more years and it will be paid for by customer rates throughout the whole state, and maybe even all of the Northeast. The Connecticut Siting Council has the power to make the final decision on the substation. 

"Later in the second quarter of this year, we will be submitting a formal application to the Sitting COuncil," said Poirot. 

The plans also include two underground transmission lines reaching from the Cos Cob bulk station to the proposed Railroad Ave. substation.  


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