Eversource Invests $940 Million in Massachusetts in 2016 to Enhance Reliability

HYANNIS –Eversource has invested around $940 million this year to maintain and upgrade the company’s electric system in Massachusetts.

The improvements will further modernize the electric system so that power can be restored more quickly when outages occur.

“Providing increasingly reliable electric service to our customers takes a year-round commitment to monitoring and upgrading the electric grid and also to day-to-day maintenance of our equipment and near-by street trees,” said Eversource spokesman Mike Durand.

The work included upgrading equipment, performing year-round maintenance and inspections, trimming trees and adding more high-tech automation.

Eversource also constructed a new electrical substation along the South Boston waterfront and a new 450 ton autotransformer at its Northfield substation.

“Just like technology has helped us in our day-to-day lives, it’s also helping us to make the electric grid smarter,” said Durand.

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 company said that investments will continue in 2017 with additional system upgrades, tree trimming and grid-strengthening projects.

By JUSTIN SAUNDERS, CapeCod.com Newscenter

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