Sunday, February 10, 2013
For the first time in as long as town residents can remember, a major storm didn't cut out power for anyone.
Anna Munro said she got out of town for the Blizzard of 2013 because she expected she'd lose power. She was thrilled to know that she didn't. In fact, no one in Northborough did. Ask anyone in Northborough what their number one concern is during a storm is and they'll tell you, "Not losing power." Granted, that's a major issue for anyone. But in Northborough, losing power feels like the norm to many. Board members joke, in an irritated way, about it during meetings. Residents complain relentlessly about it during and after a storm. The Attorney General's office clamped down on National Grid, slapping the utility company with a fine after what was deemed a "mishandling of Tropical Storm Irene." National Grid, around here, has a reputation, …
Saturday, February 9, 2013
The storm left 'significant damage in some areas.'
Submitted by National Grid In the Blizzard of 2013 hit New England with full force yesterday and through this morning, delivering up to two feet of snow and hurricane force winds, National Grid met the storm with a full complement of crews, plans and preparations. The storm left significant damage in some areas, particularly southern Rhode Island and the South Shore and southeastern MA. At the height of the storm, a total of more than 350,000 customers were without power in both states. As of 3 p.m. today, that number was reduced to approximately 307,000 customers – 131,000 in Mass. and 176,000 in Rhode Island. The high winds and horizontal snow generated more than 2,000 reports of wires down in Rhode Island and 1,400 in Massachusetts. …
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
The llamas don't mind, but Northborough folks wonder why they always get hit so hard.
After Tropical Storm Irene last year, Brian Li went out and bought a generator. He already had a pump for the basement, but this time he was ready for the wind and the rain. Li, who lives on Church Street, had been without power for close to 24 hours by Tuesday at 5 p.m. The generator, while it brings the electricity, had already cost him $60 in gas. And he wonders why Northborough seems to lag behind in the restoration numbers. "We just get slammed every time," said Li, who had just gotten back from checking on his neighbor. "I'd really like to know why. Last time, we didn't have power for four days. Westborough, Marlborough ... the have power. We don't we?" As of 4:15 p.m. Tuesday in Northborough, nearly 4,000 homes remained without …
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Since the results would not yield enough energy to break even, economically, for at least ten years, the town has decided against wind power.
It was probably not a surprise to anyone who read the preliminary studies, but the Wind Committee officially put the brakes on any plans to erect a wind turbine in the town of Northborough. For now. As Northborough Patch reported in December, according to preliminary studies performed by Sustainable Energy Developments, proposed sites for a wind turbine in Northborough would take 10 to 15 years to yield any return on capital investment. Representatives from Sustainable Energy Developments (SED), which was contracted by the town, presented its findings to a public meeting of the Wind Committee on Wednesday night at the Town Hall. Working from an $85,000 grant provided to the town by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MCEC), SED studied …
Monday, October 31, 2011
Tree and electrical wire damage still left a good portion of Northborough without power on Monday.
Tree and electrical wire damage still left a good portion of Northborough without power on Monday. It also left many dealing with insurance claims, and calls to tree removal service companies. Though many were closed, still, at noon, some businesses and places opened up by afternoon. Namely, the library, opened at 1 p.m.
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Here we go again, Northborough.
It's deja vu. But maybe worse. Like Hurricane Irene only a few months ago, the storm on Saturday left Northborough with many downed trees and wires, messy roads and a loss of power. But unlike Hurricane Irene, this storm is a snowy one, in October, and as of 1:20 p.m. on Sunday, no one has power in town, at least not without a generator. National Grid confirmed that 6,400 customers in Northborough are without power, and that "represents 100 percent of our customers." When asked when power would likely be restored, David Graves, spokesperson for National Grid replied, "We will release restoration times when they become available." Superintendent Charles Gobron announced at 4:45 p.m. that classes for Northborough and Southborough public …
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Some sections of Northborough are still in the dark, and National Grid says its doing its best to restore the power.
As of 11 a.m. on Monday, National Grid counted 620 customers out of power of the 6,477 served. Statewide, said National Grid, approximately 165,000 Massachusetts customers were still without power, down from a peak of nearly 500,000 on Sunday. National Grid said it has restored 66,852 customers since 1 a.m. Tuesday morning. We are expecting to see estimated time of restorations on Outage Central on our website later today at www.nationalgridus.com. "We want our customers to know that we are doing everything we can to restore their power," said National Grid spokesperson Vanessa Charles. "We have thousands of personnel dedicated to the restoration effort including crews from as far away as Texas and Colorado. We will continue to work …
Monday, August 29, 2011
Many Northborough residents and businesses are still without power the day after Hurricane Irene.
Jean Laramie, who lives in the Indian Meadow neighborhood of Northborough, said she had to shower by flashlight to get ready for work at 5:45 a.m. on Monday. Stephanie Ash reported on Facebook that they were still without over on Nelson Drive, too. Many — in fact, most — Northborough residents were still dealing with a lack of power to their neighborhood. Knocked out by Hurricane Irene almost on impact, the town has been dark for more than 24 hours. According to National Grid's updated outage map, there are many thousands still without power in Northborough as if 10 a.m. on Monday. The map, according to National Grid, is updated every 15 minutes and is highly accurate. By 12:45 p.m. on Monday, 5,919 National Grid customers were still …