Mid-Cape Towns to Benefit from Eversource System Upgrade

BOSTON – Just in time for winter, Harwich, Brewster and Orleans residents will benefit from recent Eversource Engergy work to increase the area’s electicity supply.

A major system improvement project built a new connection between electrical circuits serving the three towns.

The work, which began in January, involved installing 65 new poles and about two miles of new electrical wire along Route 28 from Main Street in Orleans to the Harwich/Chatham town line.

“In the past and in some cases still there’s 4,000 volts of electricity and we are increasing that to 25,000 volts and what that does is it makes a more robust electric supply available,” said Mike Durand, and Eversource Energy spokesman.

The $300,000 system upgrade will allow Eversource to better meet electricity needs on the coldest and hottest days of the year when demand peaks.

It will also reduce the frequency and length of outages by providing the utility with new power delivery options.

“It also gives us some options that weren’t available before so we can switch between the circuits for either reliability purposes or in the case of storm damage,” Durand said.

The upgrades in Orleans, Brewster and Harwich are part of the utility company’s ongoing efforts to improve the reliability of electric service to its customers across its service area.

By BRIAN MERCHANT, CapeCod.com NewsCenter

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