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By adamg - 2/27/22 - 5:39 pm

A blackout that started in Charlestown around 5:30 p.m. has now spread to East Somerville. Matt Reed at WCVB reports up to 7,000 homes and businesses are now dark. Read more.

By adamg - 2/22/22 - 10:50 pm

Eversource's outage map shows several hundred customers without power in the Tower Street area. Traffic lights around Forest Hills station are out as well. Company estimates restoration time of 1:30 a.m.

By adamg - 10/27/21 - 8:50 am
Barometric pressure map from NWS

Barometric-pressure map at 5 a.m. from NWS.

Some 407,000 homes and businesses in Massachusetts have lost power as of 6:30 a.m., mainly in the southeastern part of the state, according to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, which adds: Read more.

By adamg - 10/26/21 - 10:23 am

WBUR provides an overview of a report that found emissions of potent greenhouse gas methane are six times higher than state figures suggest in the Boston area - and that things haven't gotten any better in recent years.

By adamg - 10/5/21 - 2:17 pm

A transformer on Homer Street had a bit of a fire late this morning, the Newton Fire Department reports, adding that is probably why the power went out in parts of the Garden City.

By adamg - 7/21/21 - 10:15 am
Downed transformer and pole on fire in Allston

Gamma Ray Digital had a front-row seat from across the turnpike this morning as a utility pole topped with a transformer fell across Lincoln Street near Everett Street in Allston, ending with not one but three explosions and, of course, a smoke-belching fire. Read more.

By adamg - 4/2/21 - 9:49 pm

Several hundred houses and businesses in each neighborhood lost their power tonight. Read more.

By adamg - 2/24/21 - 12:51 pm

A group of East Boston residents have asked the city for a non-binding referendum this fall calling on Eversource to move a substation proposed for East Eagle Street on Chelsea Creek someplace else, like Logan Airport. Read more.

By adamg - 2/3/21 - 9:48 am

WBUR reports on the battle between Eversource and East Boston residents.

By adamg - 11/27/20 - 12:08 pm

Watertown News reports the Town Council is fed up with all those double poles - where a utility puts up a new pole then doesn't take down the old one next to it - and has told Eversource the company can forget about getting permits for any other work in town until it does something about them.

A Boston double pole that was finally taken down after several years.

By adamg - 10/27/20 - 11:48 am
New transformers on Warrenton Street

Electric new design on Warrenton Street.

The Zoning Board of Appeal today approved Eversource's plans to replace a parking lot next to its Warrenton Street substation with two new transformers - with room for a third - but only after board Chairwoman Christine Araujo told the company it needs to do something about the sad state of its properties elsewhere in Boston, in particular in Roxbury and West Roxbury. Read more.

By adamg - 10/22/20 - 10:17 pm
Darkened Prudential Center

Update: Lights started coming back on around 10:48 p.m.

Back Bay residents started reporting a power outage around 10:10 p.m., from Mass. Ave. all the way to Arlington Street, and down to Columbus Avenue in the South End. Traffic lights are out - and even the Citgo Sign fell dark. Read more.

By adamg - 10/14/20 - 10:58 pm
Councilor Lydia Edward's and Eversource's Bob Clarke.

Councilor Lydia Edwards and Eversource's Bob Clarke.

Nearly ten years after Eversource first proposed building a new power substation in East Boston, the city Conservation Commission could finally vote on whether to approve the project off Condor Street and next to Chelsea Creek. Read more.

By adamg - 7/29/20 - 10:17 pm

State Rep. Liz Miranda reports some 2,000 Eversource customers have no power along Dudley Street toward Orchard Park. Eversource's outage map shows outages all around Nubian Square.

By adamg - 7/23/20 - 11:12 am

Mayor Walsh announced today that Boston has won state approval for its Community Choice Electricity program, under which the city will pay for electricity from renewable-power and lower-carbon generators for re-sale to city residents and businesses, helping curb the city's overall carbon emissions and possibly save consumers some money. Read more.

By adamg - 6/29/20 - 11:44 am

At 11:18 a.m., Derek Lumpkins reported his lights flickered twice in Roxbury. Nicole Levay reported same, in downtown Boston, at 11:15 and 11:16. Reports of double flickering also came in from Hyde Park, JP and Brookline.

By adamg - 6/26/20 - 9:34 am
Fallen pole in Roxbury

The pole and the car. Photo by BFD.

The Boston Fire Department reports that shortly after 6:30 p.m., a utility pole at Gerard and Kemble streets could stand gravity no longer and cracked, the high-voltage transformer at the top plunging to the ground, turning a nearby car and a street-sign pole into electrical conduits and disgorging its insulating mineral oil all over the place.

Eversource and a company that specializes in hazardous-waste cleanups were called in.

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