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Eversource upgrades aim to fortify electrical system, prevent outages

BY Joe Cooper

7/25/2018
PHOTO | Contributed
PHOTO | Contributed
An Eversource crew.
Utility Eversource Energy on Wednesday said it is continuing the installation of roughly 3,000 new utility poles across Connecticut to provide annual system upgrades and curb increased electrical use during summer months.

Eversource, which has a joint Hartford-Boston headquarters, says the "stronger" utility polls, spanning over 34 miles, are better equipped to handle extreme weather. The utility is also installing 150 smart switches, which are devices that limit the amount of customer outages and restore power without a crew member on-site.

Eversource crews are continuing to trim trees along more than 4,000 miles of overhead power lines in 121 municipalities.

In May, the utility reported that tornadoes in four communities caused 91 miles of downed electric lines. Officials had said electrical damage caused by the severe storms caused more downed electric lines vs. Superstorm Sandy in 2012.

The utility also plans to upgrade cooling equipment and major inspect substations and electric lines throughout the remainder of 2018.

"We're always working to strengthen the electric system so our customers have the energy they need for every moment of their lives," Eversource President of Regional Electric Operations Craig Hallstrom said.