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Grid hardening increases reliability for some Gloucester customers

Dominion Energy recently finished a six-month grid improvement project on Sutton Road in Gloucester which it said will lead to a decrease in outages for 840 Dominion customers.

According to Dominion’s website, “while outages may still occur, hardening the overhead main feeder lines on our distribution system that are most prone to outages will increase reliability overall.”

Dominion’s Director of Grid Resiliency Karen Kinslow said that the company wanted to modernize the grid to make it more reliable for customers working remotely and using electronic devices more frequently even before the coronavirus pandemic began.

Kinslow and her team received approval at the end of March to begin grid hardening for 11 different circuits, including the one located on Sutton Road. The goal of this project was to make the grid more resilient so it could recover faster after a major weather event.

Gloucester will see more Dominion grid hardening soon, including a grid in Hayes that is cur...

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