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Photo: National Grid US
Photo: National Grid US

National Grid customers will see some billing relief, for now

National Grid customers should get some relief in their next power bill. Prices skyrocketed during a frigid winter, but supply costs for electricity have ticked down slightly. The company says customers can expect their next electric bill to fall some 40 percent from the last one.

The utility predicts supply costs two months ahead based on the market. February turned out to be lower than expected, so April bills will be down.  Go to full article
Fortunately, Walldroff's Farm Equipment in Watertown had power on Christmas Eve. Santa's taking a tractor this year. Photo: Joanna Richards
Fortunately, Walldroff's Farm Equipment in Watertown had power on Christmas Eve. Santa's taking a tractor this year. Photo: Joanna Richards

Some celebrate dark, chilly Christmas Eve but it's not all bad

Utility crews worked down to the wire last night to try to get everyone's lights and heat back on by Christmas morning. Most of the 70,000 customers who lost power during the ice storm had it on again by yesterday evening. But a handful of residents celebrated a dark and chilly Christmas Eve.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="">vgm8383</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: vgm8383, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Power outages from ice storm linger in northern NY

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (AP) Several thousand utility customers in northern New York may have to do without holiday lights on the night before Christmas thanks to last weekend's ice storm.

National Grid reports more than 6,200 homes and businesses remain without power on Christmas Eve morning. About 4,000 of the outages are in Jefferson County, with another 1,400 reported in neighboring St. Lawrence County.  Go to full article

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Bob Schwarzer working on the construction of the hydro plant, back in 2008
Bob Schwarzer working on the construction of the hydro plant, back in 2008

Potsdam hydro project almost done; village sues supplier

It's been more than a decade since Potsdam started planning a new hydroelectric power plant where the Raquette River winds through the village. The plant is almost ready to start generating electricity.

Construction ramped up recently after the last of the needed parts for the generating station were finally delivered. Meanwhile, village officials are set to sue a supplier they say delayed progress for years.  Go to full article

National Grid responds to push for municipal power

More now on a developing story about 24 towns in the North Country hoping to band together and create a publicly owned electric company. State law allows a town or city to become its own power provider after parting with privately held utilities, like National Grid. Massena has done this.

But several towns can't join forces to form a communal electric company. This could soon change. The state Senate recently approved a bill clearing the way. The measure awaits passage by the Assembly and the Governor.

Legislative approval, if it comes, is only one hurdle for these towns. They also need to separate themselves from National Grid. Meaning the new, publicly owned power company would have to produce electricity and provide it via a network of their own transmission lines. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article

Russell wants investigation of National Grid

A North Country Assemblywoman is calling for an investigation into National Grid, after the utility company asked 150 upstate municipalities to refund more than $12-million. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Waiting for the lights to come back on

It could be tonight before power crews restore electricity to the last of the North Country left dark by the season's first snowstorm. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

UPDATE: Storm-battered North Country still recovering - overnight shelter opened in Ticonderoga, Hague hardest hit

The recovery continues this afternoon following Saturday's brutal winter storm that knocked out power and closed roads across the North Country. The hardest-hit areas are southern St. Lawrence County, southern Essex County, and sections of Warren County. In some areas, electricity won't be restored until tomorrow afternoon. Brian Mann has an update.  Go to full article

North Country digs out from snow, ice, wind - thousands still without power

Thousands of homes in the North Country are still without power this morning. Heavy snow in the St. Lawrence Valley and a powerful ice storm in Essex and Warren County did the most damage. But power outages stretched to every county in the region. There have been no reports of major injuries or accidents. But as Brian Mann reports, some neighborhoods won't see their power restored until tomorrow afternoon.  Go to full article

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