New power line will serve as a backup

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – National Grid says it has started work on a transmission line that will stretch from North Smithfield to Warwick.

The power company says it will be putting in new poles, wires, and a new system for this additional line. National Grid spokesman David Graves says the line is part of a project designed to relieve bottlenecks during times of peak energy use in July and August.

"We have yet to reach the point where we are in the brown out phase, but we have to plan for the future," says Graves.

The new line will be able to move enough electricity to power thousands of homes and businesses, Graves says. It's just one link in a larger project to improve the transmission of power in Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts.

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