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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
 - Bethany
 - Branford
 - Cheshire
 - Deep River
 - East Haven
 - Essex
 - Guilford
 - Hamden
 - Milford
 - North Branford
 - Old Saybrook
 - Orange, 
 - Shelton, 
 - Wallingford
 - Woodbridge

 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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