Eversource Energy
Eversource Upgrading Electric System in Putnam
Company investing $1.5 million to increase safety and reliability for customers

Aug 22, 2017

As part of Eversource's commitment to provide reliable power to its customers, the company is investing $1.5 million in system upgrades in the town of Putnam.  The work includes installing new, stronger, and thicker utility poles and electric lines known as "tree wire," which can better withstand extreme weather. "Smart switches" are also being added to the system to help restore power outages more quickly if they do happen.  These devices can limit the number of customers affected by an outage and restore power with computer-assisted technology from the energy company's operations center, without having to send a crew to inspect the line and make repairs.

"Our job is to ensure customers have the reliable energy they need to run their businesses and power their lives," said Eversource President of Electric Operations Craig Hallstrom.  "By making these strategic investments, like the ones in Putnam, we're building a more robust and resilient electric grid that will serve our customers well into the future."

More than 200 utility poles are being replaced along with the installation of approximately one mile of tree wire.  The work is taking place along Quinebaug, Sunset and Groveland avenues; River, Town Farm and Recreation Park roads; Arch, Park and School streets, Pomfret Street (Route 44); and Grove Street and Mechanics Street, where both are also known as Route 12.

The project is now underway and weather permitting, crews will be working from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Eversource and its contractors are coordinating with town officials about potential traffic disruptions while the work is ongoing. Customers may experience short power interruptions at times during the course of the project so crews can safely perform the work. Any customers affected will be notified by the company in advance. The project is expected to be complete by early November.

To see photos of upgrade work, visit here. 

Eversource (NYSE: ES) transmits and delivers electricity to 1.2 million customers in 149 cities and towns and provides natural gas to 229,000 customers in 73 communities in Connecticut. 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 (@EversourceCT) and Facebook (facebook.com/EversourceCT).

Mitch Gross
(860) 665-5221

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Eversource Energy

107 Selden St
Berlin, Connecticut
United States, 06037

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