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Opponents voiced their disapproval of the companies' requests at a Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities hearing Tuesday in Pittsfield.
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While activists are still celebrating the suspension of one major natural gas pipeline, they are also battling to stop another one in the Northeast.

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National Grid is joining with local highway officials across New York with a simple message: slow down.

Joe Rossignoli leads meeting on Vermont Green Line Project
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A proposed project to bring 400 megawatts of renewable energy to New England was explained to residents of the region where the power would be obtained last night.  The Vermont Green Line is the latest energy project that plans to run an electric transmission cable along the floor of Lake Champlain to bring renewable energy from northern New York and Canada to New England markets.

A paper mill in Warren County is celebrating its 150th birthday with a state-of-the-art upgrade.

Close Call In Albany

Aug 7, 2015
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It was a miracle of sorts on a busy Albany street. Two light poles collapsed Tuesday afternoon, falling into traffic, but no one was hurt.

Electricity prices should fall in western Massachusetts this summer.  The region’s two major investor-owned electric utility companies have filed plans with the state’s regulatory board to cut rates. Also, there should be no concerns about power shortages this summer.

Eversource, formerly known as Western Massachusetts Electric Company, announced this week a plan to cut rates by more than 31 percent. The company said the average customer, using 500 kilowatt-hours a month, can expect to save $22 a month.

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  If your household depends on the HEAP program to help pay winter heating bills, the clock is ticking toward the deadline to apply.

The current Home Energy Assistance Program Regular Benefit season this year will be one of the shortest on record.

Columbia County officials warn that Unless additional funds become available, the regular benefit season will end December 31st.

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Massachusetts’ highest court has reduced penalties imposed against two electric utilities by state regulators for their poor responses to a pair of 2011 storms that left hundreds of thousands of customers without power for days.

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National Grid says it has restored power to nearly 19,000 customers in Northern Berkshire County after a circuit breaker failed at a substation in Adams. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Jim Levulis reports.

National Grid Removes Eminent Domain From Its Plans

Apr 22, 2014
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An energy company that is submitting a proposal to the New York State Public Service Commission for a major power line project appears to have allayed one major concern. And while community groups praise the utility’s move, they say they are not completely at ease, and have other worries.

There is an AC, or alternating current, transmission proceeding under way, and developers are working on proposals for high-voltage transmission line upgrades. One of the utility companies putting forth a proposal is National Grid. Here’s spokesman Patrick Stella.

Ice, Rain Cause Power Outages In North & West NY

Dec 23, 2013

Utilities are working to restore electricity to tens of thousands of customers in northern and western New York after freezing rain coated trees with an inch of ice, snapping limbs that brought down power lines.

A spokeswoman for the Jefferson County Emergency Operations Center in Watertown said Sunday afternoon that other than some property damage and a few minor injuries, the ice storm that began Saturday hadn't caused major problems.

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Irene, Lee and Sandy. Three names that have likely forever changed storm preparation and response for utilities in the Northeast. Those storms are what New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has called the new normal, extreme weather events that can have a devastating and long-lasting impact on the region. Ken Daly is president of National Grid New York.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings says it's time National Grid reviewed the city's aging underground infrastructure, after the third incidence of exploding manhole covers downtown.

Fire officials and National Grid say an underground electrical fire sparked an explosion early Saturday that sent four manhole covers flying into the air in a downtown neighborhood. It was the third such incident in less than six months.

New York utility regulators have approved new electricity and natural gas delivery rates for National Grid.

The Public Service Commission says the company will be allowed to collect a total of $123 million more electric revenue and almost $9 million more gas revenue over three years.

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 energy regulators have fined three Massachusetts utilities nearly $25 million for their response to two major storms in 2011.

The penalties were announced Tuesday by the Department of Public Utilities after a yearlong investigation.

Some customers were without power for a week after Tropical Storm Irene in August 2011 and a surprise October snowstorm.

At one point after Tropical Storm Irene moved through upstate New York one year ago, national grid reported 156,000  customers without power. For a look back, and a look at what has changed since the storm, WAMC’s Brian Shields talked today with Bill Flaherty, a regional executive with National Grid, who recalls the preparation before the storm hit.

BOSTON (AP) -- Electric and natural gas utility National Grid is warning its customers not to fall for a bill-paying scam that asks them to disclose Social Security and bank routing numbers.

The utility says scammers claim customers can have their utility bills paid under a federal government program.

No such program exists.

The solicitations have been made door-to-door, online and in through phone calls. The company says customers are asked for Social Security and bank routing numbers, then given fake account numbers said to be for payment on their behalf.