Eversource is, as we told you in Fridayâ€™s New Britain Herald, opening a training facility for electric line workers and natural gas technicians in Berlin.
The action couldnâ€™t have come at a more appropriate time, not just for central Connecticut and New England, but for those areas attempting to recover from a series of Atlantic Coast hurricanes - and to prepare for any future hits.
Already, the company has sent 131 workers from Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire, along with about 70 vehicles, to Florida to help restore power cut by Hurricane Irma and has said it is prepared to respond to any request for help in Puerto Rico, where The Army Corps of Engineers has been assigned power restoration.
Eversource field operations director Marc Geaumont said crews might have to rebuild the islandâ€™s entire grid from scratch.
This is important - and dangerous - work and weâ€™re glad to see that the company makes worker safety a top priority.
The new training site is â€śan investment in our safety first, and always, culture,â€ť according to Eversource Chairman, President and CEO Jim Judge. â€śThis provides an opportunity to see, feel and touch the equipment in a controlled environment before they actually experience it out in the field.â€ť
Certainly we will be grateful for that training when we ourselves become the victims of a powerful weather event.
Rob Klee, state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection commissioner, noted that these devastating storms â€śare only going to become our new normal, more frequent due to climate change.â€ť
This facility is an important step in being prepared for that time when â€śnature throws the curveballs at us.â€ť