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Eversource to inspect power lines with low-flying helicopters

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The Eversource power company said it will be inspecting power lines starting Monday.

To do this, it said it will be utilizing low-flying MD500 helicopters with high-resolution cameras with infrared technology that can detect equipment issues.

Eversource said the inspections will happen between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. in the Wallingford-Southington area first.

“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.” 

The aircraft will continue on to Windham County, then to Tolland and New London counties next week  They'll finish up in Middlesex and Litchfield counties at the end of the month.

Their registration numbers are N371EE and N500LK.

Eversource said between blasting air conditioners, fans and other cooling units during last week's high heat and humidity, the electricity demand was very high.

“Typically the demand for electricity grows by 75 percent during peak summer months,” said Steve Gilkey, vice president of electric field operations for Eversource in Connecticut. “We prepare well in advance of the summer months to ensure the system is able to handle the additional demand, especially for long stretches of extreme heat. This includes conducting ground and aerial inspections of the overhead and underground systems in the cooler months to detect and resolve any issues ahead of time. It’s all about ensuring reliable service for our customers.”

The regions transmission system is the backbone of the electric grid, according to Eversource.

It said overhead inspections of transmission lines and equipment are often 100 feet in the air.

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