Report by Paula Antolini
September 20, 2018, 10:21PM EDT
Photo: Celebrating the announcement are (left to right): Eversource New Hampshire President Bill Quinlan, Dean of the UConn School of Engineering Kazem Kazerounian, Eversource Assistant General Counsel Daphne Vayos, Eversource Energy Center Director and Environmental Engineering Endowed Chair Professor Emmanouil Anagnostou, Eversource Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Chief Communications Officer Jim Hunt, Eversource Vice President of Energy Strategy and Policy Roger Kranenburg and Eversource Vice President of ISO Policy, Siting & Compliance Ken Bowes. (Photo: Eversource)
Eversource Extends Commitment to Eversource Energy Center
Company invests additional $7 million to advance electric grid reliability
BERLIN, Conn. (Sept. 20, 2018) – Recognizing the remarkable success of the Eversource Energy Center at the University of Connecticut, the company is reaffirming its commitment to the center and its partnership with the renowned university. The energy company today announced an additional $7 million investment over the next three years to the Eversource Energy Center, which is housed at UConn’s Innovation Partnership Building. The additional funds will allow researchers to create a state-of-the-art power grid simulator to continue their game-changing study, research, and development of the electric grid that benefits Eversource customers and the communities it serves.
“As an energy company, we work year-round to ensure we’re ready for whatever Mother Nature brings to New England. Our on-going partnership with UConn, and the leading-edge research at the Eversource Energy Center, are helping us to further mitigate storm hazards and increase the reliability of the electric grid,” said Eversource Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Chief Communications Officer, Jim Hunt. “This additional investment will support the center’s advancement of grid resiliency, cyber and physical security and grid modernization, which allow us to provide our customers with the energy they need for every moment of their lives.”
“The work we’re doing at the Eversource Energy Center is helping to provide vital and timely science-based solutions to a broad range of real-world challenges at the intersection of weather, climate and energy,” said Eversource Energy Center Director and Environmental Engineering Endowed Chair Professor Emmanouil Anagnostou. “This collaboration also provides incredible educational benefits for UConn students working at the center by applying science-based solutions to real world problems that are transported outside of the classroom and used to improve electric service to Eversource customers.”
The Eversource Energy Center was launched in partnership with UConn in 2013, beginning with two pilot projects – power outage forecasting and forest management. Since then, Eversource has invested approximately $9 million in collaborative research to build one of the most storm-resilient and reliable electric systems in the country.
The Eversource Energy Center team also collaborates with the Electric Power Research Institute on storm damage recovery and situational awareness, and with the Gas Technology Institute, on remote sensing-based monitoring of natural gas and electrical infrastructure, electric and gas line safety, and post evaluations of natural force threats.
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Eversource (NYSE: ES) transmits and delivers electricity to 1.2 million customers in 149 cities and towns, provides natural gas to 232,000 customers in 73 communities, and supplies water to approximately 197,000 customers in 51 communities across Connecticut. Recognized as the top U.S. utility for its energy efficiency programs by the sustainability advocacy organization Ceres, Eversource harnesses the commitment of about 8,000 employees across three states to build a single, united company around the mission of safely delivering reliable energy and water with superior customer service. For more information, please visit our website (www.eversource.com) and follow us on Twitter (@EversourceCT) and Facebook (facebook.com/EversourceCT). For more information on our water services, visit www.aquarionwater.com.