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Saturday, December 10, 2016
Eversource Conducting Aerial Inspection of Transmission Lines
Eversource Energy has begun its winter transmission line assessment.
The work involves the use of a helicopter flying low over transmission lines to detect any potential equipment issues before system reliability is impacted, according to Steve Gilkey vice president of electric field operations for Eversource in Connecticut.
“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,” Gilkey said in a statement. “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 inspections are already underway and will continue through December 15, weather-permitting. The aerial assessments will cover transmission lines more than 80 towns, including:
- Beacon Falls
- Deep River
- East Haven
- North Branford
- Old Saybrook
Eversource officials say there are two helicopters doing the inspections. One is blue and silver with a tail number of N1431W; the other is blue and white wjth N411DD as the tail number.
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Friday, October 14, 2016
Cost Projections For Winter Home Heating Season Provide Cold Comfort
And what does that translate to in actual dollars and cents for Connecticut families?
Pete Gioia, vice president and economist with the Connecticut Business & Industry Association says he expects the average family will spend about $1,000 less for heating during the next five months.
Thursday, August 11, 2016
It's A Bird, It's A Plane....It's Eversource Energy
|Infrared Camera Used For Power Line Inspection|
Transmission lines are located as high as 100 feet in the air and the view from a helicopter offers the utility's engineers a close look at potential problems.
“Over a million customers in Connecticut depend on us every day for reliable electric service,” said Craig Hallstrom, Regional Electric Operations President at Eversource. “These helicopter inspections of our transmission lines are a crucial part of our commitment to reducing the frequency and duration of power outages.”
Eversource’s aerial inspections are scheduled to begin Monday in the Wallingford/Southington area. The helicopters will then head north and east to Windham County
By mid-week, the transmission line inspectors will have moved on to Tolland and New London counties. By the end of the week, the work will have moved on to Middlesex and Litchfield counties.
The inspection will take place between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.each day.
Saturday, June 25, 2016
Eversource Adds New Executive Management Team Position
Craig Hallstrom's new title is regional electric operations president for Connecticut and Massachusetts. Hallstrom will split his time between the two states, said Tricia Taskey-Modifica, a company spokesman.
The position that Hallstrom is filling is a new one, Modifica said. She did not elaborate on why the company felt compelled to create the new position.
Monday, November 2, 2015
Big Day For Connecticut's Utility Business
Both companies will release their earnings data after U,S, financial markets have closed. It will be especially interesting to see UIL's financial data, since this could be one the last times the company reports as an independent entity.
Connecticut utility regulators are reviewing UIL's proposed merger with Iberdrola, the Spanish energy giant, with a decision expected by the end of the year. If the deal is approved, UIL would become part of Iberdrola USA, which includes utilities in New York State and Maine.
Eversource Energy's stock trades under the ticker symbol ES while the New Haven-based company's shares are under symbol UIL. Both stocks trade on the New York Stock Exchange.
Monday, August 17, 2015
Eversource Energy Schedules Hastily Called Press Conference About Northern Pass
In a media advisory sent out at 3 p.m. Monday, just 19 hours before the event will be held, Eversource said it will "announce a new balanced plan with an improved route that preserves New Hampshire's most treasured scenic areas." The advisory also says the company will "unveil a comprehensive plan that ensures the Granite State receives significant, enhanced and unique benefits."
It will be interesting to see what changes Eversource is proposing. One of the major concerns about the project is the impact that the 187-mile transmission line will have on New Hampshire's environment. A draft report issued last month by the federal Energy Department concluded that the transmission project will have a negative effect on tourism, wildlife and property values in New Hampshire, but that it would cost less than other alternatives.
The current plan for the project calls for only eight miles of transmission line to be buried underground. None of that would be done the White Mountain National Forest, one of New Hampshire's scenic treasures
The Department of Energy report says burying additional amounts of line is “practical and technically feasible,” but only if a lower power transmission cable is used.
The report says the line could be buried over greater distances if a 1,000 megawatt line was used instead of the 1,200 megawatt transmission that is currently being proposed. But doing so would reduce the amount of electricity that could carried by the project.
Eversource's media advisory says the "new route addresses many of the concerns voiced to the project over the years, as well as the conclusions of the U.S. Department of Energy's draft Environmental Impact Statement."
To borrow a line from Lewis Carroll, the author of "Alices's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass," the Northern Pass project just gets "curiouser and curiouser."