NYSEG has completed the replacement of a substation in Willet.
The new structure powers about 7,000 customers in Cincinnatus, Marathon, McDonough, South Otselic, Whitney Point and Willet.
It also serves as a backup power source for Greene.
To improve reliability, NYSEG retired the original substation and constructed a brand new one on the same lot.
Located on State Route 221 in Willet, the site is a mid-point between substations in Etna and East Norwich.
Work on the project began in Spring 2020. It was designed to provide space for two station transformers instead of the single transformer previously operating at capacity.
“The new Willet substation provides greater system operating flexibility and improves the control and reliability of the electric grid in Broome, Cortland and Chenango counties,” said Kevin Rice, NYSEG manager, substation operations. “Previously, the Willet substation could only accommodate one transformer. We have since relocated that to the new substation and installed a second, newer transformer that we can control remotely, allowing for faster response times and reduced downtime.”