May 18, 2011 | last updated May 31, 2012 6:23 pm

CL&P finishing $33M in summer upgrades

Electric utility Connecticut Light & Power will complete $33 million in power grid system upgrades in the coming months to prepare for the heavy summer electricity demands.

Every fall, CL&P begins upgrading its transmission and distribution system to prepare for the following summer, as that is the peak time of year for electricity use.

Last year, CL&P invested $41 million, including building new substations in Windsor and Waterford.

For this year, the $33 million includes upgrades to power substations in Manchester, Greenwich, Stamford and Norwalk; circuit capacity projects in 28 other communities; major underground improvements in Bristol, Norwalk and Stamford; and inspections of the infrastructure, including helicopter infrared surveys of transmission lines.

"This is standard operating procedure for us when it comes to getting ready for the summer months," said Ken Bowes, CL&P vice president for energy delivery services, in a statement. "When our customers turn on the air conditioning, or any of their appliances, they expect the power to be there and it's our job to make sure it is."

CL&P serves 1.2 million customers in 149 Connecticut communities. It is one of the four natural gas and electric subsidiaries of Hartford-based Northeast Utilities.

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