Friday, January 4, 2013
A few simple changes could save you hundreds on your heating and energy bills annually.
Winter is here and along with it, the traditional drop in temperatures and rising cost of utilities. If saving money is on your list of New Year’s resolutions, then follow National Grid's tips to cut energy costs and increase efficiency in your home in 2013. Tune up for efficiency Turn down for savings Insulate Seal air leaks
Wednesday, December 12, 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’s…
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
National Grid President Marcy Reed said Wednesday that the company is ahead of schedule in its effort to restore power and said the company will continue to wok out kinks with the newly-created community liaison position.
National Grid is head of schedule in its effort to restore power following widespread outages following Hurricane Sandy, according to company President Marcy Reed. Reed, speaking to reporters in a conference call from a Chelmsford parking lot Wednesday afternoon, said the company’s estimated restoration times were based on having three-quarters of its customers restored by Thursday night. “We are already there,” she said. “We are progressing ahead of schedule.” As of 2 p.m. on Wednesday, 78 percent of the 237,000 National Grid customers that were without power statewide had been restored. “We are pressing ahead as we always have been,” she said, adding she expects that a majority of the customers still without power will have it back by …
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
National Grid said in a 3 p.m. teleconference Tuesday that it would offer exact power restoration estimates later in the afternoon.
National Grid says it will have exact power restoration estimates by the end of Tuesday, according to company President Marcy Reed. The estimates, which have always traditionally been offered when the company knows when each customer will have their power back, will be distributed “far and wide,” said Jackie Berry, a company spokeswoman. There are a total of 2,400 National Grid employees at work on Tuesday afternoon statewide in Massachusetts, ranging from line crews, tree crews, transmission crews and other workers following Hurricane Sandy. There are 530 total crews at work, with more than 300 of those from outside National Grid's service area. Reed said National grid crews from Massachusetts would leave to assist in Delaware, Long …
Monday, October 29, 2012
The president of National Grid offered an update on Monday afternoon about the company's preparedness and response to Hurricane Sandy.
There are more than 1,300 electric crews on the ground in Massachusetts ready to restore power in the National Grid service area once Hurricane Sandy blows through. That’s according to Marcy Reed, president of National Grid in Massachusetts. She met with the press on Monday afternoon in a conference call for about 20 minutes where she said the company has been preparing for Hurricane Sandy since last Monday. As of mid afternoon Monday, the hardest hit areas included Quincy on the South Shore and Salem on the North Shore, she said. “Many utilities have been able to send crews and they are here,” she said. National Grid’s 16,000 employees are “all hands on deck,” from line crews to office staff, who are working to coordinate lodging for the …
Thursday, October 18, 2012
National Grid would like to warn this customers to not fall for a new scam that is hapening.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
National Grid is warning customers about a utility bill payment scam affecting unsuspecting customers in its New England service area. Scammers claiming to be National Grid representatives are calling customers and asking that they purchase Green Dot MoneyPak card to pay outstanding balances or to pay for the replacement of faulty meters. Customers are then asked to reveal a 14-digit security serial number located on the card. Providing this number allows access to funds on the pre-paid credit card. National Grid does not ask customers to directly pay for faulty equipment and is not conducting a Green Dot MoneyPak program. MoneyPak cards allow consumers to add a dollar value to the card, which can be used for anything from adding …
Friday, July 27, 2012
Are the fines imposed against National Grid sufficient?
As we near the one-year anniversary of Tropical Storm Irene, which left thousands of Wrentham residents (and nearly a million total Massachusetts residents) without power for days, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley is proving that she hasn't forgotten what she calls an "inadequate response" to both the tropical storm and an October snowstorm with similar results. Coakely is recommending a $16 million fine against the company – the largest penalty ever recommended against a utility in Massachusetts, according to a statement from her office released Thursday. The penalties, if passed would not affect National Grid customers and would have to be borne on shareholders. The AG’s Office made the recommendation in a brief filed …
Thursday, July 5, 2012
A scam indicating that the federal government will pay for utility bills in exchange for personal information has come to New England and National Grid is urging customers to remain vigilant.
Thursday, July 5, 2012
National Grid is asking customers to beware alert for a scam stating utility bills will be paid by the federal government or President Obama after sending a social security number and bank routing information. The scam has impacted utility customers in Florida, New Jersey, North Carolina and other parts of the country along with New England, and should not be confused with legitimate low-income utility assistance programs in the Commonwealth. According to accounts from utility companies nationwide, the scammers may engage solicitation through phone calls, door-to-door contacts, and online methods. National Grid customers in New England can call 1-800-322-3223 if they believe they are victims of the scam and the company is reminding …
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Excerpts from Governor Deval Patrick's speech in Foxborough on Tuesday.
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick spoke yesterday at the "Massachusetts: Leading the Nation in the Energy Savings Revolution" summit at Gillette Stadium. The governor spoke about the strides the state has made in green energy.