Friday, March 15, 2013
NSTAR and crowd-sourced websites offer tips and locations for charging electric cars.
Drivers who are considering a switch to electric vehicles or current vehicle owners looking for a place nearby to charge their rides have a couple of places to find their outlet. In Sharon, the closest charging stations are in Norwood at Clay Nissan Norwood or at Big Y Pharmacy in Walpole, according to crowd-sourced website carstations.com. Carstations allows users to upload new car charging locations to a Google map and (when applicable) provides details on the station. According to the site's About section, "this website is designed to encourage participation and welcomes user interaction in the form of comments, updates and user generated content." There are also more official sites providing electric car charging information. This week…
Friday, December 14, 2012
NStar was fined $4 million in responses to Tropical Storm Irene and the October 2011 snowstorm, but already announced it plans to appeal.
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; and Western Massachusetts Electric Company to pay $2 million. Recognizing that outages are …
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Residents are encouraged to be safe when decorating their homes for the holiday season.
In an effort to help residents across the Commonwealth remain safe during the holiday season, NSTAR released a list of safety tips regarding the use of home decorations. “Holiday lights have become much more efficient than the older-style bulbs of years past,” said Bill Stack, NSTAR’s energy efficiency spokesman in a statement Wednesday. “With newer technology now available in many more options, today’s lighting displays can help a family save money and energy this holiday season.” Holiday lights using Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) use 90 percent less energy than traditional bulbs, according to NSTAR, and they’re much more durable and can last years longer. Additionally, operating 10 strings of mini-LED lights compared to 10 strings of …
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
More than 1,200 were without power as of Tuesday morning.
The strong winds may have died down, but many in Sharon are still feeling the wrath of Hurricane Sandy. As of 10:25 a.m. Tuesday, 1,219 NSTAR customers were still without power, according to NSTAR's outage map. Is your neighborhood without power? Let us know in the comment section below.
Monday, October 29, 2012
Let us know if you've been without power during the storm on Monday.
As of 7:50 a.m. Monday, 27 NSTAR customers in Sharon were already without power due to Hurricane Sandy's arrival. As the storm progresses throughout Monday into Tuesday, we're using this space to ask readers which neighborhoods are without power in Sharon. In the comments section, let us know if you are without power or if there has been any storm-related damage in your area.
Saturday, February 11, 2012
About 309 customers lost their electricity for roughly 20 minutes after the East Street crash.
About 309 NSTAR customers lost their electricity for roughly 20 minutes this morning after a car struck a utility pole on East Street, NSTAR spokesman Kristin Slater said. The crash was reported in the area of 320 East St. at 4:20 a.m., according to the Sharon Fire Department. The roads were calmer than expected today because the region received far less snow than forecast. Light snow began falling in the late morning, but did not stick, and the sun shined in the mid-afternoon. The National Weather Service on Friday had predicted 2 to 5 inches of snow locally today, and issued a winter weather advisory. Sunday's forecast is for increasing clouds, with a high temperature near 27 degrees, according to the weather service's website. Monday …
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
The incident happened around 8 this morning.
Eighty-eight NSTAR customers in the Mountain Street area lost their electricity for a few hours this morning after a car struck a utility pole. Police said the crash was reported at 7:50 a.m. on Mountain Street. NSTAR spokesman Michael Durand said the struck pole was on Tisdale Road, off Mountain, near Morse Street. NSTAR received the first customer outage call at 8 a.m., Durand said. NSTAR restored electricity to 81 of the 88 affected customers within about two hours, he said. The other seven were without electricity for four-and-a-half hours due to pole replacement and related work, Durand said.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Four-day weekend weather forecast leaves no worry for more outages.
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Wednesday, November 23, 2011
About 1,200 of NSTAR's Sharon customers briefly lost power after a tree fell on some power lines on Bay Road during this morning's rain and wind storm. The incident happened at 5 a.m. "One thousand customers got their power back within four minutes," NStar spokesman Anne Marie Walsh said. "The other 200 customers came back on within one hour and 12 minutes." NSTAR's switching technology allowed the utility to remotely switch those initial 1,000 to a different circuit, Walsh said. According to the National Weather Service’s website, there will be no inclement weather over the four-day weekend, which is arguably the busiest travel time of the year. Thanksgiving Day will be sunny with a high of 44 degrees. Clear skies will follow through …
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Remaining homes expected to get electricity back tonight.
NSTAR reports that 32 Sharon customers were without electricity at 7 p.m. Wednesday, but anticipates restoring power tonight. The Sharon homes have been dark since the Halloween weekend snowstorm. NSTAR has provided outage updates on its website. The utility has 6,652 Sharon customers. Downed tree limbs continued to adorn a number of Sharon streets Wednesday as the clean-up continued. Public Works Superintendent Eric Hooper said Sharon's Farnham Road compost area will be open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. this week, and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. next week for residents to dispose their storm debris. The site also will be open to residents every weekend in November, he said. "Please do not drag branches to the street or sidewalk expecting the DPW to collect…
Puritz says the utility's resources were 'over-taxed.'
Sharon officials' NSTAR contacts have been "extremely supportive" regarding the Halloween weekend snowstorm, Town Administrator Benjamin Puritz told selectmen tonight. NSTAR employees were "asking the town for its priorities," which included the Sharon Fire Station and the Sharon Town Offices, among other buildings, Puritz said. "They were as accommodating as they were able to be under the circumstances," he said. Puritz said NSTAR told him that 776 Sharon residences, or about 12 percent of the town, were still dark as of 5 p.m. Tuesday. He expected that fewer homes remained without electricity later that night, when the selectmen's public meeting was wrapping up. On its website, NSTAR reported that 493, or 7.4 percent, of its 6,652 Sharon…