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Eversource Aerial Inspections

08/21/2015 -

Eversource Conducts Statewide Infrared Helicopter Inspections

BERLIN, Conn.  Beginning this week, Eversource will be conducting aerial inspections of high-voltage electrical equipment on rights-of-way throughout Connecticut. This semiannual inspection is an important part of the company’s ongoing commitment to providing reliable electric service.  The work involves the use of a helicopter equipped with heat-sensing, infrared scanning technology which can detect potential equipment issues before they occur.

"Well over a million customers in Connecticut depend on us for reliable electric service to power their day-to-day lives,” said Steve Gilkey, Vice President of Connecticut Field Operations at Eversource.  "The semiannual helicopter inspections of our transmission lines are a crucial and effective part of our commitment to reducing the frequency and duration of power outages.”

Current plans call for Eversource’s infrared inspections this week in Hartford and Middlesex counties.  Next week, inspections will continue in Fairfield and Litchfield counties and finish-up the week in New London and Windham counties.  Weather-permitting, the inspections will take place between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. using a blue Jet Ranger helicopter with a silver stripe and registration number N1431W.

The region’s transmission system is the backbone of the electric grid.  Overhead inspections of transmission lines and equipment – often located upwards of 100 feet in the air – help engineers detect potential problems in advance, allowing the company to schedule necessary maintenance and upgrades before reliability issues arise.

Eversource (NYSE: ES) transmits and delivers electricity to 1.2 million customers in 149 cities and towns and provides natural gas to 220,000 customers in 71 communities in Connecticut. Eversource harnesses the commitment of its more than 8,000 employees across three states to build a single, united company around the mission of delivering reliable energy and superior customer service. For more information, please visit our website ( and follow us on Twitter (@EversourceCT) and Facebook (

Tom Kasprzak
   Community Relations- Eastern Region
   Eversource Energy
   63R Myrock Avenue
   Waterford, CT 06385

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