NSTAR Prepares Electric System for Summer Spikes, Seasonal Storms
With summer nearly upon us, NSTAR is letting customers know the company is prepared for the annual spike in electricity use and onset of seasonal storms that come with the hot weather. As increasing temperatures prompt heightened use of air conditioning in homes and businesses, demand for electricity across New England is historically at its highest during the summer months. And, with hurricane season officially here, this is also the time of year when more frequent storms could pose a threat to the electric grid. More.
Bill's Bright Ideas:
Stay Cool and Save Energy
Keeping your home cool while the weather is warm doesn’t have to be tough on your wallet. Simple tactics like using your windows to your advantage, maximizing fan use and efficiently operating your thermostat can go a long way in keeping your cooling costs down. More.
Recent Press Releases:
Scammers Continue to Target Local Utility Customers
NSTAR is renewing its warning that scams targeting utility customers across the country are also affecting customers right here in Massachusetts. Scammers are falsely telling residents and businesses their utility company will shut off their power unless payment is made immediately. More.
Shade Happens: Unified Solar Wins $125,000 NSTAR MIT Clean Energy Prize
Unified Solar, a team composed of MIT students, is the winner of the 2014 NSTAR MIT Clean Energy Prize for their innovative solution to helping the solar industry create cost-effective solar panels whose output is not affected when partially shaded. The grand prize, sponsored by NSTAR, was one of several totaling $300,000 awarded in this year’s MIT Clean Energy Prize, a national competition founded to accelerate the pace of clean energy entrepreneurship. More.
NSTAR to Begin Helicopter Inspections of Transmission Lines
To help ensure the reliability of the region’s transmission system, tomorrow, NSTAR will begin its annual comprehensive visual inspections of electrical equipment on local rights-of-way. This work involves the use of a helicopter equipped with a high-resolution camera to hover over certain equipment, in some cases, for up to five minutes. Weather-permitting, the inspections should be completed early this summer. More.
NSTAR Top Sponsor of Seventh Annual MIT Clean Energy Prize
This year, NSTAR is the top sponsor of the MIT Clean Energy Prize, a national university business plan competition that helps aspiring entrepreneurs commercialize clean energy technologies. More.