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NYSEG to Inspect Thousands of Transmission Poles in Its Liberty and Brewster Divisions

Rochester, NY – NYSEG, a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA, will begin inspecting about 3,800 wooden transmission poles early this month in the company’s Liberty Division to identify issues that could lead to power interruptions. From mid-June to mid-July, crews will move to NYSEG’s Brewster Division and they will then return to the Liberty Division to complete their work. In total, the project is expected to take approximately eight weeks.

Personnel from a NYSEG contractor, Coutts Brothers, Inc. of Gardiner, Maine, will climb the poles – when they can do so safely and in compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations – to check for above ground pole and crossarm decay. They will also make minor repairs when they can do so safely.

“This project is another piece in the complex puzzle of what we do to ensure safe, reliable service to our customers,” said Mark S. Lynch, president and CEO of NYSEG and RG&E. “Along with increased investment in our energy delivery system and stepped up line clearance work, we are leaving nothing to chance when it comes to the service our customers expect and deserve.”

Note: Transmission poles are part of the backbone of the electricity delivery system – the high-voltage power lines and substations that bring electricity to the local distribution system. Distribution poles are generally those along streets and roads that carry the power lines that bring electricity to homes and businesses.