August 12, 2014

CL&P helicopter installing transmission line

Contributed Photo
Contributed Photo
A helicopter threads a new transmission line into a pulley at the top of a new monopole structure.

Berlin electric utility Connecticut Light & Power will have a helicopter flying over the eastern portion of the state intermittently between August and December to install a transmission line.

CL&P's Interstate Reliability Project is putting in a new 345-kilovolt transmission line on 37 miles of existing right-of-way between Lebanon and the Rhode Island border in Thompson. The project will be completed next year.

The helicopter work this year will be in Lebanon, Columbia, Coventry, Mansfield, and Chaplin. Next year, helicopter flights will service Hampton, Brooklyn, Pomfret, Killingly, Putnam, and Thompson.

The Connecticut portion of the project will link to transmission line work being performed by Massachusetts and Rhode Island electric utility National Grid. The Interstate Reliability Project is part of the New England East-West Solution initiative, designed to improve the flow of power throughout the region.

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