Future investments will further modernize electric system
BOSTON – Across the Bay State, Eversource has invested in local communities to further modernize the electric grid and enhance reliability for customers. Thanks to the many important improvements completed this year, power can be restored more quickly when outages do occur. In Massachusetts alone, Eversource has invested approximately $940 million in 2016 to maintain and upgrade the company’s electric system.
“The strategic investments we’re making in the electric grid across Massachusetts are allowing us to deliver more reliable power to our customers,” said Craig Hallstrom, President of Regional Electric Operations at Eversource. “We all remember the historic storms of the last several years. Building a better, stronger, smarter grid will improve reliability for our customers no matter the weather.”
Eversource’s investments to increase the efficiency, reliability and resiliency of the electric system are making it significantly less vulnerable to weather-related outages and better able to meet customers’ electricity needs. This work includes upgrading equipment; performing year-round maintenance and inspections; trimming trees; and adding additional high-tech automation to allow the company to restore power more quickly.
Among the significant system investments Eversource made in Massachusetts this year is the construction of a new electrical substation along the South Boston waterfront, the fastest growing urban area in the commonwealth. To better protect the new substation from severe storms, the company situated its equipment on a 15 foot-high elevated platform with supports installed 80 feet below ground into bedrock. In Western Mass, Eversource installed a new 450 ton autotransformer at its Northfield substation and constructed a new mile-long, high-voltage power line as part of a project to improve the flow of electricity along the commonwealth’s electrical superhighway.
Proactive inspections and tree trimming play significant roles in Eversource’s commitment to system maintenance. The company conducts annual helicopter inspections of all major power lines and this year trimmed trees along more than 3,000 miles of lines across Massachusetts.
“The results are clear,” added Hallstrom. “Well-planned, well-executed projects help us deliver our promise of reliable energy to our customers. People don’t necessarily notice when they don’t lose power, but that’s what this work is all about.”
The investments will continue in 2017 with additional system upgrades, tree trimming and grid-strengthening projects.
For more information about how Eversource is working to ensure the electric system keeps pace with the region’s growing power needs, while also lessening the effects of severe weather, visit Eversource.com.
Eversource (NYSE: ES) transmits and delivers electricity and natural gas to 1.7 million customers throughout Massachusetts, including approximately 1.4 million electric customers in 140 communities and 300,000 gas customers in 51 communities. Recognized as the top U.S. utility for its energy efficiency programs by the sustainability advocacy organization Ceres, Eversource harnesses the commitment of its approximately 8,000 employees across three states to build a single, united company around the mission of safely delivering reliable energy and superior customer service. For more information, please visit our website (www.eversource.com) and follow us on Twitter (@eversourceMA) and Facebook (facebook.com/EversourceMA.)