Our Commitment to a Cleaner Environment
As an energy provider, Eversource plays an important role in contributing to a cleaner environment.
We are committed to conducting business in a way that least impacts the environment, and are always looking for new and different ways to meet that commitment. For more information, view Eversource's environmental policy.
In this role, we pursue economically, socially and environmentally sustainable initiatives that protect the environment and are consistent with our corporate vision, such as:
- Adhering to environmental standards for pest management and trimming vegetation around poles and wires to reduce the occurrence of power outages. Much of the wood and brush is recycled.
- Seasonally utilizing a soy-based bio-diesel fuel in bucket trucks and other Class 4 heavy trucks to reduce emissions. We have also been piloting use of biodegradable hydraulic fluid in our fleet.
- Purchasing renewable energy from suppliers to deliver to customers in New England to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with the generation of electricity.
- Partnering with Hydro-Québec on a proposed transmission project, called Northern Pass, that would bring reliable, competitively priced, clean energy (predominantly hydropower) into New England.
- Working with customers who use sources of renewable energy like solar panels and windmills, which can then be connected to our electric system — adding renewable power to the system.
- Advancing the region’s understanding of plug-in electric vehicles (EVs), as one of the founding members of the Regional Electric Vehicle Initiative (REVI), to help reduce CO2 emissions and reliance on fossil fuels.
- Utilizing our Environmental Management System (EMS) to help address any immediate or long-term environmental impacts and ensure ongoing compliance with federal and state requirements.
Eversource continues its voluntary reduction of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB). We are in the process of replacing PCB-contaminated transformers and other oil-filled equipment in locations where PCB levels pose an unacceptable risk.
We have already removed or replaced PCB transformers in or near schools, hospitals, multi-family homes, apartment buildings and other high-occupancy buildings and have committed to systematically removing PCB-containing equipment on a structured schedule over time.
More information about Eversource's approval through the Utility Solid Waste Activities Group (USWAG) to dispose of PCB remediation waste in appropriate landfills is available on the USWAG website.
If you have questions related to PCB disposal, please contact Christopher Soroka in Eversource's Environmental Affairs department on the PCB Information Line at 860-665-3043.