Exciting news, corporate name fans: On Feb. 2, NStar will officiallly change its name to Eversource Energy. Even as I type this, e-mails are going out to customers introducing the exciting new name that has the advantage of not making long suffering reporters wonder whether the 'S' in NStar is capitalized or not.
Two separate natural-gas incidents sent Cambridge firefighters scrambling along Mass. Ave., from Albany Street to Brookline Street.
Around 11:30 p.m., a gas main began leaking at Albany Street, possibly because a construction crew hit it. Then, around the same time, firefighters had to evacuate 8 Brookline St., several blocks away, due to high gas readings.
Jaybee reports power is out in the Rutland/Shawmut area, and that an NStar crew working there tells him it has no idea when the power will come back.
Thank God for Flour Bakery.
That sucking sound Dorchester residents in the area of Dorchester and Crescent avenues heard last night was a hazardous-waste company vacuuming up the oil that spilled out of two failed NStar transformers down a manhole - so that NStar workers could then repair the transformers.
Update, 9:15 p.m. NStar reports more than 2,500 customers in Boston and Brookline have no power.
An NStar transformer in an underground vault along Beacon Street self-immolated shortly before 8 p.m., plunging many of the blocks around into darkness. Power in both Boston and Brookline was affected; fire officials refrained from exclaiming "oy, the vault!" but they were probably thinking it.
The Supreme Judicial Court today upheld the basic logic behind a state decision to fine National Grid and NStar for their responses to Hurricane Irene and a snowstorm two months later, but said state regulators were a bit too overzealous in the fines they levied.
Ethan Long reports a pole-mounted transformer blew around 8 p.m., taking out power in the area of North Harvard and Cambridge streets.
David Finnerty photographed Peabody Square tonight after the power around the T stop went out.
Shortly after 8:15 p.m., Union Square went dark, the victim, Nstar says, of "damage to high voltage equipment." It proved an inconvenience to many, but a lucky few found it kind of nice, as Spatch reports:
Power outage in Union Square; the block with Bronwyn was affected. Anniversary dinner in growing darkness is very romantic.
Amanda reports a tree fell on the wires, plunging the Highgate area into darkness.
NorthEndWaterfront.com reports fresh pavement on Salem Street didn't last long before NStar came by to dig a nice big hole to do some work on its wires.
A concerned citizen reports on conditions in Chester Park:
Nstar placed nice little red flags out here in Chester park about two weeks ago. Hope they didn't need them. First, someone "collected" them and made neat little piles of flags here and there. And then they got mowed and shredded.
Crews were busy along Austin Street in Hyde Park yesterday, throwing up these new, bigger, plastickier utility poles.
With any luck, when they're done, they'll take down the old poles, rather than just leaving them up like they've tended to do over the years.
City Councilor Tim McCarthy (Hyde Park, Roslindale, Mattapan) says NStar has agreed to a community meeting on Tuesday to explain what it's doing to prevent a recurrence of the repeated power failures that left residents in and around Roslindale Square without lights or heat over the past winter.
The meeting, which Mayor Walsh is also planning to attend, starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Roslindale Community Center at Cummins Highway and Washington Street.