It’s budget time for the Massachusetts Senate this week. Senators will wade through 1,167 amendments to the spending plan starting on Tuesday.
After long and widespread outages, state officials found Western Massachusetts Electric Company or WMECO, National Grid, and NSTAR violated their legal requirements to safely and promptly restore service. They hit the electric companies with fines totaling almost $25 million.
A hurricane currently moving north from the Bahamas could potentially hit the Northeast early next week as a tropical storm.
Massachusetts residents unhappy with the response to the October storm that knocked out power to so many of them will get their chance to weigh in with utility regulators. The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities announced Wednesday its schedule for public hearings as part of its investigation into preparations for the storm.
As electric utilities begin restoring power to more areas affected by last weekend's snowstorm, some residents are contending with questions about what part of their home's electric infrastructure is their responsibility, and what's the responsibility of the utilties. NEPR's Charlotte Bidett has had no power at her home in Belchertown, Massachusetts since Saturday. She says while cleaning up after the storm, she noticed that the service box that attaches National Grid's electricity line to her house had been knocked askew.
A group of utility workers in New England say they will strike next month if National Grid doesn’t agree to their contract demands. The employees are from local chapters of the Utility Workers Union of America in Monson, Worcester, and Braintree, Massachusetts and Providence, Rhode Island. Paul Morrison, the president of Local 322 in Monson represents 47 employees. He says the union is negotiating health care plans and retirement options, in addition to staffing.