New England News
3:15 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Heat Wave Taxes Power Companies

Power companies are imploring people to reduce electricity use as the heat wave in the Northeast drags on. 

Line crews for Western Massachusetts Electric Company on Thursday ( 7/18/13) prepare to replace an old transformer in an effort to prevent power outages in Springfield's Hungry Hill neighborhood. The extreme heat is taking a toll on infrastructure.
Credit WAMC

While there have been no widespread blackouts or brownouts, Western Massachusetts Electric Company line crews have been working around the clock in brutal conditions to fix scattered outages.  WMECo field supervisor  Mike Aubin says the extreme heat can melt power lines and blow transformers

As he spoke, line crews ,outfitted in heavy protective gear replaced an old transformer on a pole in Springfield’s Hungry Hill neighborhood.  Power companies asked customers to set air conditioners to 75 degrees or higher, especially during the peak demand hours 3 to 8 p.m.