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By adamg - 2/15/24 - 12:38 pm

MBTA General Manager Phil Eng says the T's subway lines will be free between 3 and 7 p.m. to try to make up for this morning's three-line disaster, which he blamed on some sort of failure in a National Grid "feeder cable" supplying power to the T via North Station. Read more.

By adamg - 1/28/24 - 3:36 pm

The Boston Housing Authority and National Grid announced Friday they will replace the current gas-fueled boiler system in seven Franklin Field buildings with a new system that uses heat pumps connected to pipes drilled deep into the ground. Read more .

By adamg - 7/3/23 - 4:22 pm
Remains of the old tank

Workers uncover the remains of the tank's wall. Photo via National Grid.

National Grid is seeking city permission to excavate the remains of a large Dorchester tank that still holds two to three feet of coal tar nearly 90 years after it was last used to store waste from the creation of the coal gas that once lit and heated many Boston homes. Read more.

By adamg - 7/3/23 - 9:46 am
Large roadway hole covered by metal plate and traffic cones

An irate citizen files a 311 complaint about how National Grid covered a hole at Alford Street and Maffa Way in Charlestown:

What in the literal f is this? Get National Grid’s tacky ass over here to fix this pit

By adamg - 5/6/23 - 11:14 pm

National Grid reports 3,655 homes and businesses in Quincy lost power at 10:48 p.m.; company estimates 12:45 a.m. for restoration.

By adamg - 2/1/23 - 9:48 pm

Blue Hill Avenue between Moreland and Dudley streets is shut so National Grid can plug a gas leak.

By adamg - 1/2/23 - 11:01 pm
ISO alert on Christmas Eve

"Power caution" is electric-industryese for "Guys, we could be out of enough reserve power soon."

On Christmas Eve, after a brutal winter storm had swept from one coast to the other and left millions of people in the dark - including 200,000 in the western and northernmost parts of New England - a series of events created an emergency situation for the regional power grid over a couple of hours that afternoon. Read more.

By adamg - 3/22/22 - 9:19 am

The T reports Blue Line delays of up to 30 minutes "due to a signal problem caused by a National Grid power failure."

30 minutes? One rider reports it took an hour to get from Wonderland to Suffolk Downs.

By adamg - 1/24/22 - 10:07 pm

A chilly Moss Hill resident who has been without heat since at least 4 p.m. reports on the huge hole National Grid now has on Moss Hill Road near Woodland Road: 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 - 6/1/21 - 1:16 pm

Workers inadvertently opened up a water main on Wyvern Street at Hyde Park Avenue across from Pagel Playground and now BWSC is on scene trying to plug the hole and restore the water flow. It's the same basic location where a National Grid gas main burst into flames on New Year's Eve in 2017.

By adamg - 5/11/21 - 10:56 am
Aftermath of fire at 1214 VFW Parkway in West Roxbury

Aftermath. From state DPU report.

The trust that oversees a West Roxbury condo complex yesterday sued National Grid to recoup its expenses to rebuild from a six-alarm fire in 2018 it says was fed from a National Grid main and connection it charges the company refused to repair despite repeated reports of a gas odor dating back nearly two years. Read more.

By adamg - 5/5/21 - 2:39 pm
VFW Parkway fire in 2018

The fire. Photo by BFD.

An insurance company that had three clients living in a VFW Parkway condo building that exploded into flames in 2018 is suing National Grid, alleging the company did nothing about complaints of natural-gas odors before the fire erupted into a six-alarm blaze that displaced 36 people and injured one resident and two firefighters. Read more.

By adamg - 4/12/20 - 9:29 pm

Well, we might see power outages tomorrow, but for some reason, National Grid decided to e-mail its Boston gas customers and tell them to call National Grid should their power go out, which would be a waste of everybody's time, since National Grid doesn't provide electricity in Boston and it's Eversource you want to contact should your power go out.

By adamg - 1/1/20 - 1:32 pm

An Ipswich man is suing six companies, including the locally well known Direct Energy, for what he says has been an unceasing flood of phone calls asking him to switch his energy provider. Read more.

By adamg - 10/11/19 - 11:40 am
Workers fixing gas leak outside 1065 Tremont St.

Leak fixers. Photo by BFD.

The Boston Fire Department reports a gas leak in the street outside 1065 Tremont St., near Melnea Cass Boulevard, forced the evacuation of the building after readings showed elevated gas levels inside the building. Read more.

By adamg - 10/4/19 - 9:58 pm

WFXT reports National Grid has told that worker who blared his horn and yelled at a Belmont woman with Warren, pro-LGBTQ and national-park stickers on her car that his services are no longer needed.

By adamg - 10/2/19 - 9:32 am

WFXT has today's moment of sunshine from Belmont, where a National Grid worker who supports Dear Leader spotted a car bedecked with evil Elizabeth Warren, pro-LGBTQ and national-parks stickers and decided it made perfect sense to sidle up behind it in his work van and lay on his horn and when the owner of the car came out to see what the fuss was about cranked up the Rush Limbaugh on his radio and, after pretending to play dumb as he sat there in his Trump 2020 hat, decided to give the woman a piece of his big ol' mind.

And now he has to sit through lectures from his bosses about how that's not the best idea.

By adamg - 8/5/19 - 10:30 am
The equipment that hit the gas main

The excavator that hit the gas main outside 41 Temple St. Photo by BFD.

UPDATE, 11:30 a.m. Gas contained, all out given.

Construction workers hit a high-pressure two-inch gas main on Temple Street shortly before 10:30 a.m. The Boston Fire Department has shut the street until National Grid can turn off the gas.

By adamg - 2/22/19 - 11:06 pm

The heat at the Nurtury Learning Lab, 33 Bickford St., went off yesterday afternoon. National Grid told workers at the center, which normally cares for more than 100 children, that the gas and heat would be back on this morning, but it wasn't, and now staffers and parents are worried it might not be able to open Monday.

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