Here is a brief synopsis of the Eversource meeting I hosted at town hall this past Monday. This is my best effort to recap, sorry it is so long and/or if I missed anything. If you need any further info send me an message or call my cell 508-930-9988.
Eversource sent out their Chief of Operations, Government Affairs Director, and Director of Engineering. I thought this was a very good sign that they were taking our concerns seriously – as these are senior people who were coming out on their own time in the evening.
Pricing: Several things contributed to the price bump for some people. Few of the things were
#1- 2 week long stretch of well below normal hard freeze thereby increasing usage just to keep house at same temp as normal.
- Estimated bills as opposed to actual reads. My personal bill for Nov and Dec were estimated so the actual January read unfortunately showed that their previous estimate was low. ugh
- Longer bill cycle. Some people had a 35 day bill cycle which obviously added to the overall usage as compared to December.
- Department of Public Utilities (DPU) approved a rate increase last year of 7% on distribution to take effect 1/1/18. THis went into effect. But due to the Republican Tax Bill they have since reduced it by 4% (total increase of 3% from December) which will show on February’s bill.
- Since energy is now deregulated they must buy it on the open market and therefore do not control the pricing of the actual energy. Based on market conditions (they buy 4x/year) this created an increase of 2 cents per KW hour. This will change in July and historically goes down during the Summer – but too early to tell. Next purchase segment will be in May.
As far as power outages they were less sure but have taken action to hopefully resolve the issue. Norfolk is fed from Medway and Walpole and they have added in more switches and repeaters so if there is a problem they can isolate it and minimize the outage area.
While the auto switches are resetting this sometimes causes the lights to blink 2-3 times. This doesn’t help with having to reset your clocks but hopefully it does minimize who is without power.
They do not do rolling blackouts nor have they ever dialed down service to Norfolk. The dimming they think is a result of either a broken negative or a transformer that was not operating properly. They are going to try and determine if there is a problem with one of their components on the circuit that feeds the area that was experiencing this phenomenon. If it keeps happening – PLEASE LET ME KNOW ASAP
They are also attempting to bring in a few more automated swithes to upgrade the infrastructure we have in place and hopefully prevent further problems.
Norfolk is on a 4 year tree trimming cycle and they will be doing 1/4 of the town this summer. If you have a particular issue with trees on the lines (common areas, along road, etc) please let me know and I will hpoefully get yo uaded to the list.
Finally, if you are still having problems with your rate being historically out of whack, please tell me and I will reach out to them to have them test your meter.
Hopefully this answers most of the question. It should be up at NCTV’s youtube channel soon.