Eversource Touts Reliability Improvements

more PowerlinesBOSTON – As we approach the end of the year and winter storm season, Eversource officials are touting improvements in reliability over the last few years.

The company says they’re seeing fewer outages in their service area, which includes Cape Cod. Since the company’s merger in 2012, outages are down 18 percent and power is being restored on average 26 percent faster.

“This year alone, we have invested over $800 million in our system just here in Massachusetts,” said Eversource Spokesman Mike Durand. “It’s clearly paying dividends for our customers.”

According to Eversource, the company has undertaken a series of projects over the last few years, including upgrading critical substations, improving the resiliency and strength of transmission lines, and upgrading to state-of-the-art automation.

Durand says crews have been pruning trees across their service area in an attempt to decrease preventable outages.

“Trees are the number one cause of power outages whether it’s a blue sky day or a storm, and particularly on the Cape and in coastal areas coastal storms are a major consideration,” Durand said.

“We all remember the historic storms of the last several years,” said Craig Hallstorm, Eversource’s President of Massachusetts Electric Operations. “Building a better, stronger, smarter grid will improve reliability for our customers no matter the weather.”

By Matt McCarthy, CapeCod.com Newscenter

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