Report by Paula Antolini
March 22, 2017 2:50PM EDT
Eversource Begins Springtime Aerial Inspections Across Connecticut
BERLIN, Conn. (March 22, 2017) – Eversource will be conducting aerial inspections of vegetation growing near its high-voltage electric lines this week in Connecticut. This semiannual inspection is an important part of the company’s ongoing commitment to providing reliable electric service. The work involves the use of a helicopter flying low over Eversource’s transmission line corridors to check for any encroachment from trees or other vegetation.
“The helicopter inspections of our transmission lines are a crucial and effective part of our commitment to reducing the frequency and duration of power outages,” said Steve Driscoll, Vice President of Operation Services. “Well over a million customers in Connecticut depend on us for their electric service and that’s why we’re always working proactively to keep the system operating safely and reliably.”
The aerial inspections begin March 23 and, weather permitting, will continue through next week, ending on March 31. Flights will take place from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m., covering the following Connecticut cities and towns:
Andover, Bethel, Bethlehem, Bloomfield, Bozrah, Branford, Bridgeport, Brookfield, Brooklyn, Canaan, Canterbury, Canton, Chaplin, Cheshire, Columbia, Coventry, Danbury, Darien, Durham, East Granby, East Haddam, East Hampton, East Lyme, East Windsor, Ellington, Fairfield, Farmington, Franklin, Glastonbury, Granby, Greenwich, Haddam, Hampton, Hartford, Hebron, Killingly, Lebanon, Ledyard, Lisbon, Lyme, Madison, Manchester, Mansfield, Meriden, Middlebury, Middlefield, Middletown, Milford, Montville, New Britain, New London, New Milford, Newington, Newtown, North Stonington, Norwalk, Norwich, Oxford, Plainfield, Pomfret, Portland. Preston, Putnam, Redding, Ridgefield, Rocky Hill, Roxbury, Salisbury, Sharon, Simsbury, Somers, South Windsor, Southington, Stamford, Suffield, Thompson, Wallingford, Waterbury, Waterford, Watertown, Weston, Wethersfield, Wilton, Windham, Windsor, Wolcott, Woodbury.
DESCRIPTION OF AIRCRAFT: Blue & Gray Helicopter, Tail # N1431W & Blue & White Helicopter, Tail #N411DD.
Eversource (NYSE: ES) transmits and delivers electricity to 1.2 million customers in 149 cities and towns and provides natural gas to 226,000 customers in 72 communities in Connecticut. Recognized as the top U.S. utility for its energy efficiency programs by the sustainability advocacy organization Ceres, Eversource harnesses the commitment of its approximately 8,000 employees across three states to build a single, united company around the mission of safely delivering reliable energy and superior customer service. For more information, please visit our website (www.eversource.com) and follow us on Twitter (@EversourceCT) and Facebook (facebook.com/EversourceCT).