Saturday, July 21, 2012
Weather-permitting, the inspections should be completed by the end of the week.
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Saturday, July 21, 2012
To help ensure the reliability of the region’s transmission system, NSTAR will begin its annual summer helicopter inspections of the electrical equipment on local rights-of-way on Monday, July 23. "Residents and businesses depend on reliable electric service to power their day-to-day lives," NSTAR President Werner Schweiger said. "Our annual helicopter inspections of the transmission lines in Eastern Massachusetts are a critical part of NSTAR’s commitment to providing that reliable service." Infrared scanning equipment will be used during the inspection of all electric transmission facilities for which NSTAR is responsible in Eastern Massachusetts. This equipment helps engineers detect possible problems before they become visible to the …
Thursday, May 31, 2012
After weeks of contract negotiations between NSTAR and UWUA Local 369, negotiators agreed today to bring in a federal mediator tomorrow to avoid a possible strike when the contract expires this Friday, June 1 at midnight.
Two weeks ago members of the Utility Workers Union of America Local 369 have already voted to authorize leadership to call a strike against NSTAR over critical healthcare, retirement, wage, life insurance and working condition issues, according to a press release from the union. After nearly two months of negotiations, NSTAR is attempting to shift healthcare costs onto workers and reduce short term disability coverage and sick days while eliminating life insurance for older workers, according to the release. These cuts come at a time when NSTAR is under fire for using 40-year-old equipment in Boston – equipment that has caused two major outages. And NSTAR is attempting to nickel and dime workers even as executives prepare to make millions …
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Senate President Therese Murray announced her intention to begin debate on electricity costs, as NStar announces a proposal to decrease natural gas price by 27 percent.
The Massachusetts Senate prepares to begin debate on a new energy bill that would ostensibly lower the cost of electricity by opening up long-term renewable energy contracts to competitive bidding and more than doubling the amount of renewables required to be purchased by utilities. Watch the debate here beginning March 29. According to the State House News Service "The bill would increase the overall net metering cap from 3 percent to 6 percent of peak load, exempting Class I facilities from the cap altogether as long as the facility’s capacity is under 10 kilowatts or 25 kilowatts, depending on the connection, or if the facility’s generation will not exceed the customer’s consumption over a calendar year. "The increased cap would allow …
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
NStar officials explain lengthy outages after the August storm in days prior to October nor'easter.
Just days prior to the Halloween Nor'easter that dumped more than two feet of snow in some areas of Massachusetts and icy rain in Plymouth, causing major power outages that could last until next weekend, NStar officials attempted to explain the lengthy outages from Irene to local residents and state officials. According to WATD 95.9 FM, about 30 people attended the Department of Public Utilities hearing at Plymouth South High School last Thursday night. More than half a million NSTAR customers were without power for several days in eighty-one cities and towns, in Plymouth many residents did not get power turned on until the Saturday after the storm, seven days later. Many of those testifying at the Department of Public Utilities hearing …
Friday, September 2, 2011
It's been a long week for some Plymouth residents and business owners, but the end is finally in sight six days after Irene.
If you still don't have power, NStar has some relatively good news for you: You should have it back by 10 p.m. tonight (Friday). As of this morning, less than one percent of Plymouth customers were still in the dark, that's 232 out of 28,751 residents and businesses still without power, but the NStar crews and Plymouth DPW are still working. Plymouth Patch will continue posting updates on the latest power outages.
Monday, August 29, 2011
NStar reports more than 90,000 outages on the South Shore, Cape and New Bedford area; Pilgrim reports all systems are go; and Plymouth's EMA provided a New England welcome for an English family.
An English family was planning to spend a weekend enjoying the sun, sand and history in Plymouth, but instead wound up spending Sunday at the emergency shelter at Plymouth South Middle School. Emergency Management Director Aaron Wallace said the family of five had planned to drive up from New York City Friday night and holiday in Plymouth, but that changed quickly as Hurricane, and later Tropical Storm, Irene, followed the family north. "They drove up from New York for a better view of the storm," Wallace joked. "We started speaking with them Friday and followed their trek from New York...They were afraid that their rental would be flooded so they came down to the shelter," he said seriously. In total only six people used the shelter, …
Thursday, January 13, 2011
The much-touted winter nor'easter hit Plymouth directly - with the calm eye of the storm.
As predicted, a mix of rain and snow fell on Plymouth in the early morning, leaving a heavy slush. The predictions said snow would follow as the storm moved north off-shore. But, it didn't. The center of the storm stalled over Plymouth for more than two hours in the late morning. No precipitation fell and the skies brightened. Plows, shovels and snow blowers removed the slush while the storm spun around Plymouth, dumping more than a foot of snow on towns to the west and north. "It was nothing of much consequence," Deputy Fire Chief Michael Young said. "Just some downed wires." A broken tree branch broke a primary electrical wire, the wire on the top of a utility pole array, at the side of Wareham Road in South Plymouth at about 9 a.m. …