massachusetts department of public utilities

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.

State regulators have approved the utility NStar's deal to buy a significant portion of the Cape Wind offshore wind project's planned power.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities announced its decision to approve the 15-year deal Monday.

NStar's agreement to buy 27.5 percent of the wind farm's power was nearly identical to the utility National Grid's previously-approved agreement with Cape Wind to buy half its power.