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Friday, May 31, 2013

CL&P Prepares For Summer Heat

Connecticut Light and Power is in the final stages of its annual electric delivery system tune-up to make sure it will be capable of holding up to the increased demand for electricity during the summer months.

The utility is investing about $30 million in system improvements, according to Ken Bowes, vice president of energy delivery services at CL&P.

"While we work year-round to make our system stronger, the specific preparations for the summer months actually begin during the previous fall," Bowes said in a statement.

CL&P has been upgrading underground systems that serve densely populated areas.  The utility also uses infrared cameras in helicopters to do surveys of  transmission lines. These surveys, along with ground inspections at more than 200 electrical substations help identify potential trouble spots in the distribution system.


Tuesday, May 7, 2013

The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same

Connecticut Light & Power officials got taken to the woodshed in March when they met with Essex Economic Development officials.

Fresh off the impact of outages from a spring storm days earlier that dumped 6-to-10 inches of  snow in Essex and neighboring communities, representatives of the utility heard a lot of criticism from the EDC and First Selectman Norman Needleman.

It's unlikely that relations between executives at the utility and town officials have improved since then. Lon Seidman, chairman of the Essex EDC and a local business owner, launched petition drive weeks later in a effort to recover $414 million associated with restoration costs from storms over the past two years.

Change takes time. But it couldn't have made Essex officials too happy that five weeks later, on sunny day in early May, the town had 93 power outages for a short time on Tuesday.

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