Eversource is conducting aerial inspections this week of high voltage electrical equipment on rights-of-way in Connecticut. This inspection is an important part of the company’s ongoing commitment to providing reliable electric service. The work involves the use of low flying helicopters equipped with high-resolution cameras, which can detect potential equipment issues before they occur.
“Over a million customers in Connecticut depend on us every day for reliable electric service,” said Craig Hallstrom, Regional Electric Operations President at Eversource. “These helicopter inspections of our transmission lines are a crucial part of our commitment to reducing the frequency and duration of power outages.”
Eversource’s high-resolution camera inspections will begin Monday in the Wallingford/Southington area and then head north and east to Windham County. Midweek, inspections will continue on to Tolland and New London counties and finish-up the week in Middlesex and Litchfield counties. Weather-permitting, the inspection will take place between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. using two black MD500 helicopters with registration numbers N371EE and N500LK.
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.