WMECO http://wamc.org en Utility Company To Help UMass Amherst Cut Energy Use http://wamc.org/post/utility-company-help-umass-amherst-cut-energy-use <p>One of the biggest users of electricity in western Massachusetts is partnering with the region’s largest public utility company on a three-year action plan to increase energy efficiency.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p> Representatives of UMass Amherst and Western Massachusetts Electric Company signed an agreement Thursday to develop plans to reduce campus energy use by at least 2 percent annually for the next three years.</p><p> James Sheehan, UMass Vice Chancellor of Administration and Finance said if the electricity use reduction goals are met, it will save the university $1 million.</p> Fri, 23 May 2014 16:29:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 91132 at http://wamc.org Utility Company To Help UMass Amherst Cut Energy Use Utility Co. Starts Third Solar Project In Western Massachusetts http://wamc.org/post/utility-co-starts-third-solar-project-western-massachusetts <p>A major utility company has started construction on a third large solar facility in western Massachusetts.&nbsp; Despite being a northeast state Massachusetts has seen a boom in solar power over the last five years.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 22:17:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 76092 at http://wamc.org Utility Co. Starts Third Solar Project In Western Massachusetts Thousands Still Without Power in Massachusetts After Storm http://wamc.org/post/thousands-still-without-power-massachusetts-after-storm <p></p><p>The snow and wind from the weekend’s winter storm knocked out power for hundreds of thousands of Bay State residents this weekend, but the while much of the state has had their electricity restored, residents in some areas are still waiting.</p><p>As of 10 am Monday morning, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency reported that 116,000 were still without power – including 93,000 NSTAR customers, and 23,000 served by National Grid.</p> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 17:42:00 +0000 Lucas Willard 57582 at http://wamc.org Thousands Still Without Power in Massachusetts After Storm Mass. Utilities Resist DPU's Storm Response Penalties http://wamc.org/post/mass-utilities-resist-dpus-storm-response-penalties <p></p><p></p><p>On Tuesday, Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Rick Sullivan, Chair of the Department of Public Utilities Ann Berwick, and other officials, announced that their investigation to utilities’ response to Tropical Storm Irene and the October 2011 snow storm warranted $24.8 million in penalties to be returned to ratepayers.</p> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 22:22:17 +0000 Lucas Willard 53797 at http://wamc.org Mass. Utilities Resist DPU's Storm Response Penalties Mass. Utilities Fined for Storm Response http://wamc.org/post/mass-utilities-fined-storm-response <p></p><p>State energy regulators have fined three Massachusetts utilities nearly $25 million for their response to two major storms in 2011.</p><p></p><p>The penalties were announced Tuesday by the Department of Public Utilities after a yearlong investigation.</p><p>Some customers were without power for a week after Tropical Storm Irene in August 2011 and a surprise October snowstorm.</p> Tue, 11 Dec 2012 23:00:00 +0000 Lucas Willard 53730 at http://wamc.org Mass. Utilities Fined for Storm Response Mass. AG Seeks Fines Against Utilities For Storm Responses http://wamc.org/post/mass-ag-seeks-fines-against-utilities-storm-responses <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The Massachusetts Attorney General is getting tough with the state&rsquo;s three largest investor owned utility companies.&nbsp; Martha Coakley is proposing hefty fines over their responses to two major storms last year. She is also calling for a change in the standards used to measure the performance of the utility companies.&nbsp;&nbsp; WAMC&rsquo;s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports</p><p></p> Mon, 30 Jul 2012 22:30:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 44304 at http://wamc.org Mass. AG Seeks Fines Against Utilities For Storm Responses