WESTBOROUGH, Mass., Aug. 29, 2003 — Cross-Sound Cable Co., LLC, has received authorization from U.S. Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham to continue the operation of the Cross Sound Cable, a 24-mile electricity transmission cable that runs between Brookhaven, Long Island, New York and New Haven, Connecticut.
The cable played an important role in helping to end the blackout that beset much of the Northeastern U.S. earlier this month. The cable was cited by ISO New England as a “useful tool” in stabilizing the transmission grids in Connecticut and Long Island and in helping restore power to millions of people.
In the wake of the August 14 blackout, the Energy Secretary had issued an emergency operations order that authorized the New York and New England ISOs to activate the Cable from August 15 through September 1.
“The Cross Sound Cable has demonstrated that it is an extremely valuable addition to the regional transmission grid. It transmitted enough electricity to power up to 300,000 homes. It is benign to the environment of Long Island Sound and New Haven Harbor, and has no effect on navigation. Equally important, it is available for operation now. In an era when it takes years to site and build new transmission lines, the importance of an existing line cannot be overestimated. The Cable can deliver power both ways between New York and Connecticut,” said Jeffrey A. Donahue, Chief Executive Officer of Cross-Sound Cable Company, LLC.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in consultation with the National Marine Fisheries Service, has stated that the Cable will not affect navigation or the environment in Long Island Sound. The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection has said that operation of the Cable in its current location “would not be expected to impact fisheries resources.”