NatGrid’s $20M Chase Hill substation completed

HOPKINTON – National Grid’s $20 million Chase Hill substation was completed several months ahead of schedule in March.

The substation will serve approximately 24,000 customers in Westerly, Hopkinton and Charlestown, according to The Westerly Sun.

The Hopkinton Town Council asked that the facility be as unobtrusive as possible. The substation, which occupies about 1 acre of a 16-acre site, is largely hidden by trees, according to National Grid. The facility is fenced and protected by locked gates.

The distribution infrastructure must still be completed. But Paul Stasiuk, National Grid’s community and customer manager, said the new substation is functional and could be brought online if necessary.

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The Chase Hill substation is part of the utility’s “Connect 21” initiative to upgrade and modernize facilities throughout the Northeast.