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 …
Report of a gas line struck at MCI Framingham just before 9:30 a.m. Monday.
UPDATED at 10:35 a.m. with response from NSTAR *** Framingham Fire and Police responded to MCI Framingham, the women's prison, just after 9:30 a.m. Monday for a report of a gas line struck. An ambulance was requested. NSTAR was sending a crew to the scene. It is unknown what caused the incident. "It was called in to us as a hit gas line," said NSTAR spokesperson Michael Durand. "It's unclear to us as of right now what was the nature of the work being done. The gas has been shut off and our crews will begin repairs shortly."
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, …
Friday, April 12, 2013
Residents are reporting a power outage in the Salem End Road neighborhood Friday night.
UPDATED: 10 p.m. Power has een restored. *** Residents are reporting a power outage in the Salem End Road neighborhood Friday night. NSTAR says about 361 customer or 1 percent of its almost 30,000 customers are without power. NSTAR is aware of the outage and is working to get the power restored.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
NSTAR and crowd-sourced websites offer tips and locations for charging electric cars.
Drivers who are considering a switch to electric vehicles or current vehicle owners looking for a place nearby to charge their rides have a couple of places to find their outlet. In Framingham, there is a charging station at 571 Worcester Rd. There is also one at 740 Boston Post Rd. in Marlborough. Carstations allows users to upload new car charging locations to a Google map and (when applicable) provides details on the station. According to the site's About section, "this website is designed to encourage participation and welcomes user interaction in the form of comments, updates and user generated content." There are also more official sites providing electric car charging information. This week, NSTAR launched a new hotline and website…
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Framingham State University and neighborhoods around Parker/Salem End were without electricity Thursday night, after a tree fell into the road taking down two NSTAR poles and multiple wires.
UPDATE: As of 11:15 p.m., NSTAR says all but one customers has had power restored. UPDATE: As of 10 p.m., NSTAR says those without power is now less than 150 customers. *** Residents are reporting no electricity on Goodnow Lane, Gates Street, Parker Road and Salem End Road, near the country club, after a tree took out power lines Thursday around 9 p.m. A large tree fell into the road at Salem End Road, Parker Road and Gates Street taking down at least two poles and multiple wires. The outage also turned out the lights at Framingham State University and its surrounding neighborhood, acoording to texts and tweets to Framingham Patch. The Town of Framingham notified NSTAR. The power company estimated 2,819 or 9% of the town is without power …
Friday, January 11, 2013
The Edison Electric Institute’s (EEI) Emergency Assistance Award was presented Thursday to Northeast Utilities, NSTAR’s parent company.
NSTAR received a national honorfor its efforts to assist otherutilities in the massive restoration following Superstorm Sandy. The Edison Electric Institute’s Emergency Assistance Award was presented Thursday to Northeast Utilities, NSTAR’s parent company, in recognition of the extraordinary work by NSTAR and other Northeast Utilities crews to restore electric service to areas that had been disrupted by the devastating weather conditions. Close to 400,000 NSTAR customers lost service due to the powerful Superstorm at the end of October. Once restoration work for their own customers was completed, NSTAR crew members joined other Northeast Utilities employees in working around-the-clock to assist in the massive rebuilding and power …
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Company praises hard work and dedication of employees who worked around the clock in the wake of two devastating storms in 2011.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
The following is a press release from NSTAR: NSTAR Electric intends to appeal a ruling issued today by the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities assessing financial penalties for its response following two devastating storms that swept through the region last fall. NSTAR was one of the first investor-owned utilities to restore power to its customers in both storms and was able to send 76 line workers to assist National Grid and Western Massachusetts Electric in the wake of the October snowstorm. The company repeated that performance during the recent Superstorm Sandy, being one of the first to complete restoration and again sending crews to other areas. NSTAR deployed thousands of resources, including hundreds of crews and other …
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 ordered a total of $24.8 million in penalties, all of which will be returned to the utilities’ customers Tuesday. The Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan joined Department of Public Utilities (DPU) Chair Ann Berwick and DPU Commissioners to announce today's findings of DPU’s investigation into the electric utilities’ responses to Tropical Storm Irene and the October 2011 snowstorm. The fines were the first ever levied by the state Department of Public Utilities against utilities for their storm responses. 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. Framingham residents …
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 …