National Grid is proposing reliability projects within its existing rights-of-ways (ROWs) through several towns in Central Massachusetts.
These projects, located within existing rights-of-way (ROW), involve replacing structures and installing Optical Ground Wire (OPGW). OPGW is a type of cable used to optimize transmission of electricity while providing an additional layer of protection from lighting strikes and other electrical disturbances. These upgrades will allow more renewable energy resources to connect into the grid. Addressing climate change requires a major expansion of renewable energy and the infrastructure necessary to support and deliver that energy, these upgrades will allow more renewable energy resources to connect to the grid and will further National Grid’s commitment to ensuring its system is ready to meet that challenge.
Construction of new access roads and permanent work pads along and within the ROW will be necessary for these projects.