Rusty Garrett here with the weekend outlook: Saturday will be the milder of the two days. Sun and clouds will be the rule with early weekend highs in the mid 80s. Back to the low to mid 90s on Sunday!
BOSTON (December 11, 2012)—Massachusetts is fining three utilities nearly $25 million for their response to two major storms in 2011, ,the Department of Public Utilities announced Tuesday after a yearlong investigation.
Some customers were without power for a week after Tropical Storm Irene in August 2011 and a surprise October snowstorm.
By far the biggest penalty was assessed against National Grid, which was fined $18.7 million.
Department of Public Utilities chairwoman Ann Berwick said regulators found "systematic and fundamental failures" in how the company planned for and responded to the storms.
National Grid said in a statement it is reviewing the decision.
NStar was fined $4.1 million and Western Massachusetts Electric Co. was fined $2 million.
Both companies, divisions of Hartford, Conn.-based Northeast Utilities, say they plan to appeal.