utilities http://wamc.org en Claverack Community Meeting On Eminent Domain http://wamc.org/post/claverack-community-meeting-eminent-domain <p></p><p>There will be a community meeting concerning eminent domain as utility companies look to upgrade high voltage power lines running through Columbia and Dutchess Counties.</p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 21:41:06 +0000 Dave Lucas 82355 at http://wamc.org Claverack Community Meeting On Eminent Domain Con Ed Asks for Rate Hike http://wamc.org/post/con-ed-asks-rate-hike <p>Con Edison says it wants to collect just under $400 million in rate increases next year. Con Ed officials say some of the extra funds from ratepayers in New York City and Westchester County would go toward long-term protection against disasters like Superstorm Sandy.&nbsp;</p><p> Sat, 26 Jan 2013 14:45:56 +0000 Allison Dunne 56583 at http://wamc.org Con Ed Asks for Rate Hike 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 Gov. Patrick Announces Commonwealth's Preparations for Hurricane Sandy http://wamc.org/post/gov-patrick-announces-commonwealths-preparations-hurricane-sandy <p></p><p></p><p>As Hurricane Sandy approaches Massachusetts, Governor Deval Patrick and other state officials held an announcement this afternoon to update the public on how the Commonwealth will work to help handle recovery and response during the storm. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…</p> Fri, 26 Oct 2012 22:00:00 +0000 Lucas Willard 50716 at http://wamc.org Gov. Patrick Announces Commonwealth's Preparations for Hurricane Sandy Massachusetts Prepares for Sandy http://wamc.org/post/massachusetts-prepares-sandy <p></p><p></p><p>In Massachusetts people are preparing themselves for the storm by making sure they have the necessary emergency supplies. Bart Raser, Owner of Carr Hardware, which has locations throughout Berkshire County, says it’s a busy week with customers stopping in to pick anything they’ll need for Sandy’s arrival.</p> Fri, 26 Oct 2012 16:29:01 +0000 Lucas Willard 50685 at http://wamc.org Massachusetts Prepares for Sandy Connecticut Utility Workers Say Staffing is Inadequate http://wamc.org/post/connecticut-utility-workers-say-staffing-inadequate <p>More than 150 of Connecticut Light &amp; Power's unionized linemen say staffing levels at the electric utility are inadequate and are putting workers at risk.</p><p>The union, which has been without a contract since June, says the utility has about 400 linemen, fewer than it had last October when a snow storm left tens of thousands of customers without power for days.</p><p>Tricia Taskey Modifica, a spokeswoman for the utility, says staffing levels are on par with other utilities across the nation, and says hundreds of crews are brought in from out of state when an emergency strikes.</p> Tue, 18 Sep 2012 00:00:00 +0000 Lucas Willard 48068 at http://wamc.org Connecticut Utility Workers Say Staffing is Inadequate Utilities See Growing 'Smart Meter' Opposition http://wamc.org/post/utilities-see-growing-smart-meter-opposition <p>Worries about health effects, privacy and cost are fueling growing opposition to wireless, digital &quot;smart&nbsp;meters&quot; that utilities around the country are installing on homes and businesses and touting as key energy conservation and grid reliability tools.&nbsp; WAMC&rsquo;s Tristan O&rsquo;Neill reports&hellip;</p> Mon, 14 May 2012 11:50:06 +0000 Tristan O'Neill 38902 at http://wamc.org Utilities See Growing 'Smart Meter' Opposition VT Power Merger Critics Push for House Debate http://wamc.org/post/vt-power-merger-critics-push-house-debate <p>This could be the climactic week in an effort by some Vermont lawmakers to get the Legislature to intervene in the proposed merger of Vermont&#39;s two largest electric utilities.&nbsp; WAMC&#39;s Tristan O&#39;Neill reports...</p><p>The House may be asked to debate a measure that would have the Legislature direct the Public Service Board on how $21 million is repaid to customers of Central Vermont Public Service Corp.</p> Mon, 23 Apr 2012 11:40:41 +0000 Tristan O'Neill 37362 at http://wamc.org VT Power Merger Critics Push for House Debate Connecticut Regulators: Preliminary OK to Utility Deal http://wamc.org/post/connecticut-regulators-preliminary-ok-utility-deal <p>Connecticut utility regulators have given preliminary approval to a settlement with the state that would help clear the way for Northeast Utilities to purchase Massachusetts energy company NStar for $4.9 billion.&nbsp; WAMC&#39;s Tristan O&#39;Neill reports...</p><p>The Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority said Monday it believes the deal is good for ratepayers. It expects to give final approval next week after allowing the parties time to raise any final issues.</p> Tue, 27 Mar 2012 12:02:16 +0000 Tristan O'Neill 35503 at http://wamc.org Connecticut Regulators: Preliminary OK to Utility Deal