Eversource announced that it is conducting aerial inspections of its high-voltage electric equipment and lines in
Connecticut as a part of the company’s ongoing commitment to providing reliable energy to customers. The work involves the use of a helicopter flying low over transmission lines to detect any potential equipment issues before system reliability is impacted.
Weather-permitting, the aerial inspections will continue through Dec. 15. They will take place from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., in Southington and a number of other Connecticut communities.
“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 vice president of electric field operations Steve Gilkey in a company press release. “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 region’s transmission system is the backbone of the electric grid. Overhead inspections of transmission lines and equipment – often located upwards of 100 feet in the air – help transmission planners detect potential problems in advance, allowing the company to schedule necessary maintenance before reliability issues arise.
The company will be using two aircraft to conduct the inspections. One is a blue and silver helicopter with tail number N1431W. the other is a blue and white helicopter with tail number 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 delivering reliable energy and superior customer service.
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