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Eversource Conducts Helicopter Surveillance Across Fairfield County

Eversource is conducting helicopter inspections of transmission lines this week to spot potential problems and help identify maintenance needs.
Eversource is conducting helicopter inspections of transmission lines this week to spot potential problems and help identify maintenance needs. Photo Credit: File

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. – Eversource is conducting aerial inspections of high-voltage electrical equipment on rights of way throughout Connecticut this week, including Fairfield County.

This semiannual inspection is part of the company’s effort to provide reliable electric service. The work involves the use of a helicopter equipped with heat-sensing, infrared scanning technology that 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 7 a.m. and 5 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 upward 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 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.

For more information, visit www.eversource.com and follow Eversource on Twitter ( @EversourceCT ) and Facebook ( facebook.com/EversourceCT ).

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