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Most of the power restored to western Adks

National Grid wants to hear from customers who are still without power from Sunday's wind and snow storm. Spokesman Patrick Stella says over 42,000 people lost power during the worst of the storm. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

Power Line Amendment Moves Forward

A constitutional amendment that would allow for construction of a new power line on state land in the Adirondacks was approved by the state Senate and Assembly yesterday. The vote to approve National Grid's routing the power line along Route 56 in St. Lawrence County is the first step of a three-phase amendment process for the power line. It will take a second passage by next year's legislature and voter approval in November 2007 before the amendment is finalized. Chris Knight reports.  Go to full article
National Grid reviewed for February outage
National Grid reviewed for February outage

Outage Prompts Review of National Grid

Last month, a powerful windstorm plowed through New York state, knocking out electricity to more than 300,000 homes and businesses. National Grid customers in the Champlain Valley and the eastern Adirondacks struggled without power for days. With temperatures plunging to minus-20 degrees Fahrenheit, emergency shelters were opened in a half-dozen towns. National Grid officials have defended their response to the storm. But many local government leaders say the company was understaffed and under prepared. The state's Public Service Commission is investigating those complaints. At a hearing yesterday in Ticonderoga, residents complained that National Grid has allowed the North Country's electrical grid to fall into disrepair. Brian Mann was there and has our story.  Go to full article

Utility Promises Upgrade

The Public Service Commission has ordered National Grid to submit a full report on last month's windstorm. The report is due on April 24th, but company officials are already conceding that the North Country's electrical infrastructure is outdated and fragile. William Flaherty is vice president of business services with National Grid. He's based in Glens Falls. Flaherty told Brian Mann that the company plans to spend tens of millions of dollars repairing and upgrading equipment.  Go to full article
Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward (Official photo)
Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward (Official photo)

National Grid Faces Anger After "Slow" Storm Clean-Up

National Grid officials say all but a handful of homes and businesses in the north country should have electricity restored, six days after a windstorm swept New York state. The storm caused outages to more than 300 thousand homes and businesses and killed at least two people. In the Champlain Valley and the Adirondacks, shelters were set up for displaced families. National Grid now faces growing criticism from local leaders for their response to the storm. State assemblywoman Teresa Sayward, a Republican from Willsboro, has complained about the response to the state's Public Service Commission. Sayward told Brian Mann that many locals no longer trust National Grid to provide reliable service or to provide accurate information during a crisis.  Go to full article
National Grid defends storm response
National Grid defends storm response

National Grid Defends Response To "Devastating" Storm

Because the power outage lasted more than three days, National Grid will have to file a report with the state Public Service Commission. David Flanagan, a spokesman for the regulatory agency, told the Associated Press, "We will look at the company's response and the restoration." National Grid officials say they have done their best to deal with the aftermath of a devastating and unpredictable storm. More than 300 utility polls were snapped by the wind or by falling trees. Brian Mann spoke with Steve Brady, corporate communications manager for National Grid, based in Buffalo.  Go to full article

Nat'l. Grid Criticized For Storm Response

State and local officials are taking issue with National Grid's response to a wind storm Friday that left hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers without electricity. About 11,00 customers were still in the dark this morning. State Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward has filed a complaint with the state Public Service Commission over what she calls National Grid's inadequate service and communication. Sayward represents Warren, Essex and Hamilton counties and part of Saratoga County. Sayward says crews didn't begin working to restore power in parts the district until two days after the storm. The Red Cross set up four shelters this weekend. Two were still open yesterday afternoon, one in Glens Falls and another in Johnsburg. About 300 people have used the shelters. That includes people who just grabbed a cup of coffee and people who stayed the night. Gregory Warner checked in with Chief Steve Studnicki of Johnsburg Fire Department yesterday afternoon. He said most people seemed to be coping on their own.  Go to full article

Municipal Power Group Settles Legal Battle

A group of St. Lawrence and Franklin County towns has cleared a minor hurdle in their quest to create a municipalized power system. The Alliance for Municipal Power has settled a two-year-old lawsuit with its former partner. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

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