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Eversource is Prepared to Keep Energy Flowing to Local Businesses this Summer
System investments will help maintain reliability for all customers when temps soar

July 19, 2017

As summer heats up, refrigerators, air conditioners, and fans will be hard at work keeping businesses like the Farm and Flower Market in Manchester cool. With up to 50,000 pounds of fresh, local food stored in large walk-in refrigerators on most summer days, this popular local farm stand and wholesale fruit center counts on Eversource to deliver the reliable service it needs to keep its products fresh. In addition to selling produce at the retail market in Manchester and through The Fruit Center, the local business serves customers at a roadside stand, located in the parking lot of the Everett Arena in Concord, seven days a week during the summer months.

"If we experience an extended power outage in the summer, it requires a huge effort to keep all our products fresh for customers," said owner Shea Nealon. "Reliable power in the summer keeps our produce cool and fresh and allows us to focus on what's most important serving our customers."

In an effort to fortify the system to handle peak demand, Eversource invests in upgrades to existing infrastructure year-round to ensure customers enjoy reliable power, even when the region experiences extreme weather conditions.

"We're always working to strengthen the electric system so that we can continue providing customers with the reliable service they deserve," said New Hampshire Vice President of Electric Field Operations Joe Purington. "Our regular inspections of the system combined with robust programs to upgrade infrastructure and manage vegetation help ensure our system is prepared to serve customers as the demand for power increases during the summer months."

Eversource is in the tenth year of its Reliability Enhancement Program (REP), which enhances the company's already substantial investment in initiatives such as vegetation management, upgraded infrastructure and Distribution Automation (DA). Overall system improvements this year in New Hampshire include:

  • Increasing capacity at the Curtisville Substation in Concord supports more than 30 MW of peak summer electricity demand.
  • Installing more than 2,153 new, stronger, and thicker utility poles; 27 miles of tree wire, which can better withstand extreme weather; as well as 84 "smart switches." These devices can limit the number of customers affected by an outage and restore power with computer-assisted technology from the company's operations center, without having to send a crew to inspect the line and make repairs.
  • Continuing tree trimming work around the state along 2,800 miles of electricity delivery lines as part of the company's comprehensive vegetation management program.
  • Inspecting substations and power lines to proactively identify emerging issues before they impact service to customers.

For more information about major projects and other infrastructure improvements, visit Eversource.com.

Eversource (NYSE: ES) is New Hampshire's largest electric utility, serving more than 500,000 homes and businesses in 211 cities and towns and is proud to be recognized as the top contributor to United Way in New Hampshire.  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 (@eversourceNH) and Facebook (facebook.com/EversourceNH).

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Berlin, Connecticut
United States, 06037

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