Eversource begins upgrade to Waterbury’s electric system
New England Council member, Eversource, has begun its three-year, $12 million project to upgrade Waterbury’s power system, including the reconfiguration of electric circuits and installation of stronger utility poles.
The project to upgrade Waterbury’s power system began earlier this year and will occur in phases through 2025. This year, Eversource crews will install “nearly 150 thicker utility poles; string more than 3 miles of overhead electric lines, including “tree wire,” which can better withstand extreme weather; and add seven reclosers, which are high-voltage circuit breakers that detect and limit power interruptions.” With this, Eversource estimates they will be able to eventually remove a 65-year-old substation. The 2023 portion of this project is expected to be finished by the end of August.
“By continuing to make strategic investments in the system, like these in Waterbury, we’re building a more robust and resilient electric grid that will serve our customers well into the future,” said Steve Sullivan, Eversource President of Connecticut Electric Operations.
The New England Council commends Eversource for its commitment to sustainable and resilient energy.
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