The Connecticut Light and Power Company
P.O. Box 270
Hartford, CT 06141-0270
(860) 947-2000

News Release

Contacts: Frank Poirot
Office: 860-665-3408
After Hours Phone: 800-789-2290

CL&P Takes to the Air to String New Transmission Lines with Helicopter

BERLIN, Conn., November 29, 2012 — Towering more than 80 feet above ground, Connecticut Light & Power’s (CL&P’s) transmission wires carry high-voltage power across southern New England. In an effort to strengthen the region’s power grid and reliability, the company will be stringing new transmission lines in Waterford, Connecticut, next week. But unlike traditional cable-pulling work on the ground, these wires will be put in place using a low-flying helicopter.

“Using the helicopter reduces the amount of time needed to complete the wire-stringing process from days to hours, compared to conventional methods,” said Mark A. Smith, Lead Project Manager - Transmission Projects for CL&P.

A specially-trained pilot will thread lead lines into pulleys mounted on new transmission structures in an existing CL&P transmission right-of-way. The nylon lead line will eventually pull the new electric lines into place.

The first of two flights is scheduled for Monday, December 3, 2012, between Spithead Road and Rock Ridge Road. The second flight is scheduled for Wednesday, December 5, 2012, between Rock Ridge Road and I-95, sometime between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. This schedule is weather dependent, and the back-up flight dates would be the following day.

Customers with questions or concerns related to this work may call CL&P’s Transmission Information Line at 1-800-793-2202, or send an e-mail to

The Connecticut Light and Power Company (CL&P) has been part of everyday life in Connecticut for more than 100 years, providing safe and reliable electric service to homes, neighborhoods and businesses. With 1.2 million customers in 149 cities and towns, CL&P is improving the environments you live in, by offering programs in energy conservation, economic development and environmental stewardship. CL&P is a Northeast Utilities company (NYSE: NU). For more information, please visit, like us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter @CTLightandPower.


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