Sunday, April 28, 2013
Members of the Brotherhood of Utility Workers and Local 369 have voted to authorize a strike against National Grid.
National Grid utility workers unions voted Friday to authorize a strike due to several issues involving personnel payroll and storm response, according to an article on BostonHerald.com Comprised of six local unions, the Brotherhood of Utility Workers and Local 369 have taken the vote as union representatives are in the middle of negotiations to replace the contract that expires May 11. “The mistakes and mismanagement at this company are out of control," said Dan Hurley president of the Brotherhood of Utility Workers Council and Local 369. “The continuous failures of National Grid are a direct slap in the face to ratepayers and taxpayers throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island. This is clearly a company in crisis.” The utility workers …
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
The utility recent announced its support for the group in the hopes of helping develop green technology.
This month National Grid announced that it will become a platinum sponsor of the 2013 Cleantech Open Northeast Business Competition and Accelerator Program, an inititiatve designed to help the development of innovative clean energy solutions. The program is run by the Northeast division of the Cleantech Open, a not-for-profit group that has helped 727 green energy startups raise over $800 million in capital since its founding in 2005. "The Cleantech Open has a very successful track record in helping companies develop their innovations through to investment and we’re thrilled to have a partner on board as dedicated to clean technology as National Grid is,” said Alexandra Adler, Northeast Regional Director, Cleantech Open. “This …
Thursday, March 14, 2013
UPDATE: Plaza now appears to be completely re-open as of approximately 2 p.m.
UPDATE: 2:22 p.m., the plaza appears to be completely reopened. We have heard from business owners in the plaza that full gas service should be restored by approximately 2:30, if not sooner. The western half of Westford Plaza (the D'Angelo's side) is once again safe for occupation as of approximately 12:30 p.m. Other stores closer to Minot's Corner remain unoccupied and have their doors open. No one was injured, the gas main break occured behind the plaza. We will have any more pertinent information if it becomes available.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Customers with questions can call National Grid at 1-800-322-3223.
National Grid is warning its customers of a new, nationwide utility bill scam that has hit many of its customers. According to a release provided by National Grid, the alleged scammers demand payment through a pre-paid credit car or threaten to immediately cut off service, or occasionally say that the customer has a faulty electrical meter that needs to be replaced. While the statement provided by the company says that National Grid representives will occasionally call customers with past due balances to offer payment options, they will never demand immediate payment, and that customers are not responsible electrical meter costs. Customers with questions can call National Grid at 1-800-322-3223. More information on other ongoing consumer…
Thursday, February 7, 2013
In a released statement this morning, National Grid has begun to prepare for potential prolonged power outages in the area.
National Grid representatives are urging area residents to consider "safety first" and are advising that crews are prepared and ready for the upcoming blizzard and possible power outages that might follow. “We continue to monitor the weather and are taking action now to be able to respond quickly and safely to potential outages that could occur. Our pre-planning activities are in anticipation of a very damaging storm,” said Kathy Lyford, vice president, New England Operations. “We take the safety of the public and our employees very seriously. We are reaching out to our life support and critical care customers and have plans in place to provide regular updates for customers.” National Grid customers can call 1-800-465-1212 to report an …
Thursday, December 13, 2012
National Grid was fined nearly $19 million, the highest fine levied against utilities in Massachusetts.
The state on Tuesday ordered a total of $24.8 million in penalties to utility companies for their response to storms in 2011. Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan joined Department of Public Utilities (DPU) Chairman Ann Berwick and DPU commissioners today to announce the findings of the DPU’s investigation into responses to Tropical Storm Irene and the October 2011 snowstorm. Provided the penalties hold up, customers should see a reduction in their bill, though it is unclear how much, officials said. National Grid faces the steepest penalty, at $18.725 million. NSTAR has been ordered to pay $4.075 million, while the Western Massachusetts Electric Company faces a $2 million penalty. National Grid told the …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
National Grid said it is ready to go with more than 500 crews in the event of power outages from Wednesday night's Nor'Easter.
National Grid, the electric utility that had hundreds of thousands of customers without power in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy said it is ready for Wednesday night’s Nor’Easter. The latest storm first moved in on Wednesday morning and is expected to last into Thursday with high winds, heavy rain and some heavy wet snow to the west and north. National Grid said it is ready to respond to any power outages that may occur as a result of the weather. There are more than 500 line and tree crews available and ready to respond to any storm-related outages, plus more than 200 “wires-down” personnel. That includes both National Grid crews and those from other companies that are assisting National Grid. The storm has also activated the company’…
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
The utility has informed the town that emergency work is required on a damaged section of power lines on Powers Road.
The town of Westford reports that National Grid will be shutting off the power to approximately 260 customers from 3:45 to 6 p.m. today to perform emergency maintanance on some damaged powerlines on Powers Road. The customers will include homes on the following streets. For more information, residents can call National Grid at 1-800-322-3223.
Thursday, November 1, 2012
National Grid officials said that the majority of those without power, which is at 3 percent of all customers, should get it back by midnight tonight.
National Grid crews are out restoring power to those that are still in the dark after Hurricane Sandy and said that nearly all customers should have power by midnight tonight. In a teleconference this afternoon, National Grid president Marcy Reed said that crews have been out restoring power to customers across the northeast for over 48 hours since beginning on Tuesday morning at 6 a.m., when the power company decided it was safe to begin working. Reed said that, as of 3 p.m. Thursday, power has been restored to 97 percent of National Grid customers. Roughly 5,600 customers are still without power. "The lion's share of our customers [without power] will receive power by midnight tonight," said Reed. Reed said crews will most likely have a …
Update from town officials is asking for feedback from residents on National Grid's performance.
In a statement released by town officials, National Grid reports that 135 residences remain without power as of Thursday morning, approximately one percent of National Grid's customers in Westford. According to the National Grid's report, approximately 95 percent of the state has also had its power restored, with around 11,000 customers currently remaining without power throughout the Commonwealth. The town is asking for independent feedback on how National Grid performed in response to Hurricane Sandy in a form available on the Town of Westford website.