While tourists headed to Block Island for their summer vacations, McPhee Utility Division employees were there working on a new 34.5kV substation for National Grid. The new substation which will integrate with a new mainland substation in Narragansett called Dillon’s Corner by 20 miles of submarine cable.
This work is all in preparation and conjunction with the creation of 5 offshore wind turbines on the Deepwater Wind Block Island Wind Farm project.
The wind farm is anticipated to generate 30 WW of power, fully supplying Block Island’s current demand with excess being funneled to the mainland. The two substations McPhee is building are key puzzle pieces to ensuring a seamless power grid.