Shoring up new current – a Connect21 video

Jeanne-Marie Napolitano, Mayor of Newport, RI sums it up plain and simple – the electricity systems on Aquidneck Island are taxed. With demand on the Island increasing, it’s imperative that we upgrade the electricity infrastructure.

Aquidneck Island substationThrough the Aquidneck Island Reliability Project, National Grid is upgrading several major components of the Island’s electricity transmission and distribution system, including the addition of two new substations. Once completed, the estimated $93 million project will deliver more reliable and secure electricity to the residents and businesses on Aquidneck in the towns of Middletown, Portsmouth, and Newport.

On this 6th stop of our Connect21 video series, tour the Island with Jeanne-Marie Napolitano, Mayor of Newport, RI and Tim Horan, President, National Grid RI. Also, hear residents describe what a reliable and sustainable electricity system means to them.


Our video series started with an overview of Connect21 and includes footage of the important infrastructure projects we are working on in each of our jurisdictions. Visit here to watch any you’ve missed. Here are a few more projects you can look forward to learning about:

  • Clarkson University’s micro grid project in Upstate New York
  • Worcester’s Smart Energy Solutions project in Massachusetts
  • Grid Modernization in Massachusetts
  • Downstate New York overview

We’ll feature a new video around every three weeks, so be sure to check back often. We hope you’ll give us your feedback in the comments section below as you take the series’ tour. The future of energy belongs to all of us, and we want to hear your voice.

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