Saturday, May 25, 2013
A tree has knocked down wires on Glen Street in Dover near the Natick town line.
Many NStar residents are currently without power in Dover and South Natick after a tree knocked down power lines. According to Dover Police the outages are "widespread" and NStar has not given them a time for when power will be restores. The lines came down on Glen Street at 7 p.m. and agencies have been working to return service since. The power has been shutdown to the line since 7:30 when NStar arrived on the scene.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
NStar was fined $4 million in responses to Tropical Storm Irene and the October 2011 snowstorm, but already announced it plans to appeal.
The state on Tuesday ordered a total of $24.8 million in penalties to utility companies for their response to storms in 2011. Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan joined Department of Public Utilities (DPU) Chairman Ann Berwick and DPU commissioners today to announce the findings of the DPU’s investigation into responses to Tropical Storm Irene and the October 2011 snowstorm. Provided the penalties hold up, customers should see a reduction in their bill, though it is unclear how much, officials said. National Grid faces the steepest penalty, at $18.725 million; NSTAR has been ordered to pay $4.075 million; and Western Massachusetts Electric Company to pay $2 million. Recognizing that outages are …
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Residents are encouraged to be safe when decorating their homes for the holiday season.
In an effort to help residents remain safe during the holiday season, NSTAR released a list of safety tips regarding the use of home decorations. “Holiday lights have become much more efficient than the older-style bulbs of years past,” Bill Stack, NSTAR’s energy efficiency spokesman, said in a statement Wednesday. “With newer technology now available in many more options, today’s lighting displays can help a family save money and energy this holiday season.” Holiday lights using Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) use 90 percent less energy than traditional bulbs, according to NSTAR, and they’re much more durable and can last years longer. Additionally, operating 10 strings of mini-LED lights compared to 10 strings of standard mini-lights can …
Thursday, November 1, 2012
The two utility companies have had complaints in recent storms—Hurricane Irene and Snowtober—but say they stepped it up for Sandy.
Hurricane Sandy blew out of the region earlier this week, but not without causing massive power outages, some of which have yet to be fixed. Both National Grid and NStar say they did a better, faster job in fixing power outages than in previous storms, according to WBUR. Not everyone agrees, however. According to the story, Newton Mayor Setti Warren said NStar was faster, but there's still work to be done. Gov. Deval Patrick also told WBUR the companies worked faster, but said a "total victory" can't be declared. Do you agree? Have they improved since the last storm? Or is there still work to be done? Tell us in the comments.
Thursday, June 21, 2012
The Sherborn selectmen will be meeting at 6 p.m.
1. The Sherborn selectmen will be meeting tonight at 6 p.m. A solar panel update is on the agenda. 2. The Toe Jam Puppets will be part of the summer reading at Sherborn Library as they will be performing June 27 at 4:30 p.m. 3. NSTAR's tree pruning is going on in Dover for the next month and half or so. 4. With the hot weather, it will be a great day to hit Farm Pond. Sherborn residents can get their passes from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today. 5. Find some shade today as temperatures are expected to reach 95 degrees.
Friday, June 8, 2012
The tree pruning program will last approximately 8 weeks.
Over the past couple weeks NStar has begun surveying the vegetation along most of the town’s roads in anticipation of a town-wide tree pruning effort set to begin next week. Blue ribbons are being placed around trees which NStar is going to recommend be removed as part of their Vegetation Management Program. NStar will not remove any tree without written permission from the Town or private landowner on whose property the tree is located. To notify NSTAR of a tree you believe may need trimming you can fill out NStar’s online form here. The program will begin Tuesday, June 12, and will last approximately 8 weeks.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
The Massachusetts governor addressed energy efficiency in his remarks.
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick spoke at an energy summit in Foxborough Tuesday, elaborating on work done to make the state's energy supply more environmentally friendly. The governor, speaking in front of the "Massachusetts: Leading the Nation in the Energy Savings Revolution" summit at Gillette Stadium, noted that the state had been named the most energy-efficient state by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy. The state wrested that title from longtime green energy leader California. "More than 42 percent of Massachusetts residents — 2.7 million people — live in one of the state's 86 green communities," he said. "We are investing more per capita than any other state." He said, since his administration took office, …
Friday, March 23, 2012
The selectmen and public safety officials expressed their concerns in regard to the major outages in town last year during the meeting.
Officials from NSTAR discussed their proposed changes to their Emergency Response Plan before the Sherborn Board of Selectmen Thursday night. JoAnne O’Leary, NSTAR Community Relations and Economic Specialist and Walter Salvi, Metropolitan Manager of Community Relations and Economic Development for NSTAR went before the selectmen to outline some of the changes being discussed within the company since some residents were left without power for weeks following Tropical Storm Irene and the Halloween nor'easter last year. Also in attendance was Sherborn Police Chief Richard Thompson, Sherborn Fire Chief Josh Buckler and head of Community Maintenance and Development Ed Wagner. From all parties, improving communication seemed to be the biggest …
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
NSTAR officials will come before the Sherborn Board of Selectmen Thursday night.
Sherborn Selectmen are calling on residents to attend their March 22 meeting where officials from NSTAR will be presenting their new Emergency Storm Response plans for the town. NSTAR representative Joanne O'Leary will be coming before the Selectmen to discuss the impact that the plan will have on the town. "This is our chance as a community to make clear Sherborn's issues, this is an open public meeting," Selectmen Paul DeRensis said in a recent letter to the editor. The new strategy comes on the heels of the prolonged power outages that swept through Sherborn during Tropical Storm Irene and the Halloween Nor'easter in 2011. "The best way to avoid another episode of extended power outages is to address NSTAR's proposed plan for Sherborn …
Thursday, March 15, 2012
NSTAR officials will visit Sherborn to discuss their new Emergency Response Plan and how it will affect Sherborn.
Thursday, March 15, 2012
The following is a letter to the editor from Sherborn Selectmen Paul DeRensis. NSTAR's representative Joanne O'Leary will be coming before the Sherborn Board of Selectmen at our meeting on March 22 to discuss NSTAR's new Emergency Response Plan (ERP) and how it will impact Sherborn. She will be coming with Walter Salvi, NSTAR's Manager of Corporate Relations who going forward will be playing a more active role in their ERP, Level 3, 4 and 5 for Sherborn. This is our chance as a community to make clear Sherborn's issues, this is an open public meeting. Please remember that the town of Sherborn had extended periods of power outages this year with Hurricane Irene and the Halloween Nor'easter. Having been on the phone with NSTAR …