Eversource has rehired Mesa Associates, Inc. to conduct inspections of our transmission system using drones in 2021. The inspections are taking place starting this week through September. Listed below are the communities included on the inspection schedule this week and for the next two weeks. To minimize the number of emails you receive, this will be the only notice of our drone activity you receive from me this year unless something  unexpected occurs.

Attached for your information is a letter of introduction to Mesa crews and a fact sheet on Eversource’s use of drones for equipment inspections. Although this is low-key work by two people in pick-up trucks who may use another type of vehicle to access tough terrain in Eversource’s rights-of-way, Kevin Penkala monitors their daily locations and reaches out to various property owners with general information as the inspections continue.

EVERSOURCE DRONE NOTIFICATION FOR ELECTRIC SYSTEM MAINTENANCE INSPECTIONS


PURPOSE OF FLYOVER
: Eversource and its contractor MESA Associates, Inc. are performing aerial patrols using drones to assess transmission system infrastructure conditions on select rights-of-way throughout the state of New Hampshire starting in mid-March through September in 2021. Drones are an important tool to use for electric system reliability, speeding inspection times, providing real-time access to lines and equipment in remote or difficult to reach locations. Drone technology also provides high-quality inspection data that can help in more quickly identifying and resolving potential problems on the grid.

Starting this week, if weather conditions permit, transmission lines in the following locations will be inspected:

  • Amherst
  • Bedford
  • Brookline
  • Fitzwilliam
  • Goffstown
  • Greenville
  • Litchfield
  • Londonderry
  • Manchester
  • Mason
  • Merrimack
  • Milford
  • New Ipswich
  • Rindge