Tuesday, April 9, 2013
National Grid will accept payments by phone, but it never demands that a customer purchase a pre-paid card to pay.
National Grid is warning customers about a nationwide utility bill scam. It works like this: National Grid electric customers receive a telephone call from individuals claiming to work for the company. These scammers demand payment, through a pre-paid card, on past due balances for electric accounts, according to the utility. They also threaten customers that their service will immediately be shut off for non-payment. In some cases, the caller also tells the customer that they may have a faulty meter that is dangerous and in need of replacing for a substantial fee. Electric meters are the property of National Grid. Customers are not responsible for meter replacement costs, according to the utility. For any of the above, callers are then …
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Power was mostly off in Barrington early Sunday afternoon after the Blizzard of '13; decision on schools will wait until late Sunday; Atria Bay Spring Village to serve as shelter.
With large swaths of Barrington still without power Sunday morning, town officials and Atria Bay Spring Village have reached an agreement to move the emergency shelter to West Barrington from Primrose Hill School. "Atria has agreed to provide shelter, food and beds for anyone who still does not have heat and power," said Town Manager Peter DeAngelis Jr. DeAngelis, Police Chief John LaCross and Emergency Management Director Victor Texeira met with Atria officials early Sunday morning to work out the details. "It's the first time we've done this," said DeAngelis. "Atria has really stepped up." Approximately 50 Barrington residents spent the night at Primrose Hill School, he said. A few stragglers remained Sunday morning. Power was returning …
National Grid reports that about 5,500 customers in Barrington are still without power Sunday morning.
Much of Barrington, primarily south of Town Center into Rumstick, remains without power as of 9 am Sunday, Feb. 10, according to the National Grid Outage Map. Approximately 1,325 homes did have electricity restored overnight Saturday, according to National Grid. That leaves about 5,500 customers without power. Most of the restorations appear to have occurred sometime overnight into Sunday morning. National Grid is reporting that power should be restored in all of Barrington sometime late Monday, Feb 11.
Saturday, February 9, 2013
National Grid is terming the effort to restore electricity a 'multi-day' event.
Power could be out for several days in many parts of Rhod Island, including Barrington, according to National Grid, which is terming the Blizzard of '13 a "multi-day event" in the Providence Journal. The blizzard struck transmission lines, according to National Grid. All of Barrington was without power Saturday. People who want to find heat were being urged to go to the Public Safety Building on Federal Road. See the complete Providence Journal story by clicking here.
National Grid is reporting that there is no electrical power in Barrington this morning.
National Grid is reporting this morning that the entire town of Barrington is without power. More than 6,800 customers are without power, according to its outage map. That makes up the entire customer base.
Sunday, January 6, 2013
A few simple changes could save you hundreds of dollars on your heating and energy bills annually.
Sunday, January 6
Winter is here and along with it, the traditional drop in temperatures and rising cost of utilities. If saving money is on your list of New Year’s resolutions, here are some tips from National Grid to cut your energy costs and increase efficiency in your Barrington home in 2013. Tune up for efficiency Turn down for savings Insulate Seal air leaks
Thursday, November 8, 2012
The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory as strong winds and isolated power outages continue on Thursday morning.
The National Weather Service (NWS) has extended a wind advisory on Thursday morning as strong, damaging winds from a passing nor'easter continue to effect Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts. Barrington has a handful of customers without power this morning in Hampden Meadows, according to National Grid's power outage map. Throughout the state, about 4,668 customers were powerless at 8:45 a.m. Gusts of up to 45 mph with sustained winds of 20 mph to 30 mph are expected to last through 3 p.m. today. "Winds this strong are capable of downing small tree limbs and branches, possibly causing isolated power outages," states the advisory issued by the NWS in Taunton, MA. "Driving can also be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles…
Thursday, November 1, 2012
As of this morning, National Grid reports that 33 'customers' in Barrington still had no electrical power even as cleanup efforts continued.
Cleanup from tropical storm Sandy continued in Barrington on Wednesday even as 33 National Grid customers scattered all over town still had no electrical power as of this morning. Most of the outages also did not have a repair crew assigned, according to the National Grid power outage map for Rhode Island. So the time for the estimated restoration of power -- shown as 6 am on Nov. 2 -- seemed to be just that, an estimate. The number of actual outages actually more than doubled during the day on Wednesday, then dropped by about a hundred overnight. The number of National Grid customers remained at about 33 with each of the 20 or so outages having an impact of no more than a household or two. While Barrington residents waited to get their …
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
First hearing is today in Narragansett; a hearing in Woonsocket is set for Sept. 18.
National Grid is seeking to raise RI rates on electricity by around 5 percent and gas by around 7.6 percent, and a series of public comment sessions begins in Narragansett today, Sept. 5, followed by one in Woonsocket City Hall on Sept. 18. For National Grid Electric, the proposed rates will increase the company’s annual operating revenue by approximately $31.4 million, or 3.8 percent. The bill impact for a typical electric residential customer using 500 kWh per month would be a monthly increase of $3.97 or 5.1 percent, from $78.05 to 82.02. The bill impact on electric commercial and industrial customers will range from an increase of -0.1 percent to an increase of approximately 6.7 percent. A small part of the electricity rate hike, …
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Tropical Storm Irene rolled into Rhode Island a year ago this week — have you taken any steps to be ready in case of another storm?
It's been a year since Tropical Storm Irene roared into Rhode Island, leaving thousands of people in Barrington without electrical power for days — and forcing the superintendent to delay the opening of school for a week. Many property owners, especially the owners of two homes side by side on Lantern Lane, will remember the damage done by falling trees. Both homes had trees topple onto them within minutes of each other. National Grid, which officials and residents criticized last year for delays in restoring electrical service, this year issued a list of steps it's taken to be in better shape to respond to potential problems. Now that we're back in hurricane season — although there's no immediate threat of a storm of Irene's power — it's …