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.
Monday, May 13, 2013
Early Saturday morning about 19,000 customers in Natick and Framingham were without power.
NSTAR says a "lightning arrestor failed at its Speen Street substation" causing 19,000 customers in Framingham and Natick to be without power early Saturday morning. A lightning arrestor is used in a substation like a surge protector is in your home. A lightning arrestor is a protective device that limits surge voltages due to a lightning strike or an equipment fault. At one point, about 25 percent of Framingham and more than 40 perent of Natick was without power. Customers were without power for as short of time as 20 minutes to about 3 hours, according to NSTAR. The first reports of the power outage came about 12:45 a.m. Saturday. Most of Route 9 in both communities was without power. AMC Theatre also lost power, according to Framingham …
Saturday, May 11, 2013
25 percent of Framingham, including most of Route 9, and 42 percent of Natick is without power, as of 2 a.m. Saturday.
UPDATED: At 6 a.m. NSTAR was reporting all customers in Framingham and Natick had power restored. *** UPDATED: 3:35 a.m. As of 3:30 a.m. 14 percent of Framingham or 4,308 customers were still without power. In Natick, 34 percent or more than 5,700 customers were still in the dark. *** UPDATED 3:05 a.m. As of 3 a.m., 20 percent of Framingham or 5,965 customers are without power. In Natick, 36 percent or more than 6,000 customers were still without power. Still no official word why power is out to such a large portion of MetroWest. Power outages also reported in Sudbury and Wayland too. If you are still awake, I'd recommend turning off and unplugging anything that was on when power went out before you go to bed, so when power is restored, …
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Find out how many customers are without power in your neighborhood by dragging your mouse over this Nstar outage map.
Take a look at how many people in Natick have lost power. This Nstar outage map updates every five minutes.
Thursday, February 7, 2013
NSTAR will activate its emergency response plan as preparations continue for a major storm and impact on the power grid.
Thursday, February 7
The following is a press release from NSTAR. With a major nor’easter expected to impact our area beginning tomorrow, NSTAR will activate its emergency response plan as preparations continue for a significant impact on the electric grid. The company is advising customers to make advanced preparations as well. While no utility can prevent widespread power outages in the face of devastating storms, NSTAR is on high alert and workers are prepared to mobilize. “We’re well into our preparations for responding to potentially widespread power outages resulting from the nor’easter’s high winds and heavy snow,” said Craig Hallstrom, President of NSTAR Electric. “We prepare year-round for storms like this and stand ready to address damage to our…
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.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
The number is down, though, from yesterday.
NStar is reporting that 2,108 of Natick's 16,297 electric customers remained without power as of 9 a.m. Tuesday. Along with the company's 3,000 employees, 1,200 contracted workers from as far away as Texas, the Midwest and Washington State are working to restore the outages. The company is advising customers to be prepared for prolonged power outages. They have, however, started to make a dent in power outages from yesterday. At 5:30 last night, approximately 19 percent of the town was out. As of 9 a.m. today, it was down to 13 percent. Customers whose electric service is affected by the storm should report it by using NStar's "Report an Outage" tool or by calling 800-592-2000. Are you without power? Do you have a generator? How is your …
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Local energy retailers are selling a pink bulb, and the proceeds benefit breast cancer organizations.
- BREAST CANCER AWARENESS
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Submitted by MassSave In mid-August 2012, the Sponsors of Mass Save—Cape Light Compact, National Grid, NSTAR Electric, Unitil and Western Massachusetts Electric Company—announced a special fundraising initiative to benefit the Ellie Fund, a Massachusetts-based non-profit organization whose mission is to support patients and their loved ones as they battle breast cancer. The Sponsors of Mass Save have partnered with Greenlite Lighting, a manufacturer of energy-efficient lighting technologies, to produce and sell special, pink-based compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) at select Massachusetts retailers through December. For every Greenlite pink-based CFL sold, Greenlite and the participating retailers will donate 15 cents to the Ellie …