Locals recall devastating aftermath o...

Locals recall devastating aftermath of 2008 ice storm

There are 14 comments on the Sentinel & Enterprise story from Dec 12, 2010, titled Locals recall devastating aftermath of 2008 ice storm. In it, Sentinel & Enterprise reports that:

Day after day, Tim Bean resisted the temptation to buy a generator, thinking Unitil would surely restore his electricity at any time.

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timot

Fitchburg, MA

#1 Dec 12, 2010
If I were a betting man I would bet Unitil still has their heads up their butts.To this day I still see limbs hanging over power lines,never see Unitil clearing them,never see them at all for that matter
JIm

Fitchburg, MA

#2 Dec 12, 2010
Unitil may have actually put something on paper that looks like a plan, but in reality they will still are the same, with the same board of directors, and people in charge. We saw their performance, and it failed. but be sure they are still raking in the big bucks and are the same company.

Even communities saw failure in the local emergency systems, in towns like Townsend, the residents were on their own, and their system had no organization.

If it happens again, I think most realize everyone is on their own and will be better prepared
SClarke

Clinton, MA

#3 Dec 12, 2010
Don't forget that we are paying a premium for Unitil's service.

Here are some average costs in cents per KWH for Aug 2010.
US: 12.02
New England: 16.50
Mass: 15.45
My bill: 19.17

The only state with a higher average rate than Unitil is Hawaii.

Source: http://www.eia.doe.gov/cneaf/electricity/epm/...
hmmm

Rockport, MA

#4 Dec 12, 2010
PLEASE let's find a way to get rid of Unitil. They are SO EXTREMELY EXPENSIVE AND THIS IS A LOWER INCOME COMMUNITY. They do not deserve to be charging us the highest rates in the country!!!!!
Nope

Fitchburg, MA

#5 Dec 12, 2010
There's no getting rid of them. They own all the poles and lines, so someone either has to come in and buy everything to takeover or Unitil can take their assets with them. The city is powerless (no pun intended). And because this is a low income area the state picks up a lot of the tab for people, which guarantees Unitil being paid. From a business sense it's understandable. From a social perspective it's clearly a mark of greed and abuse of position. So what do you do? You have the government get involved which gives them more control over us or move? Terrible situation.
ExFincomm

Worcester, MA

#6 Dec 12, 2010
Go solar! Get a couple of panels, a multi-tie inverter and a few marine batteries. Power goes out, you at least have some heat and lights...and the best part is if you are generating more than you use, you sell back to them at their outrageous rate.
F-Town

Fitchburg, MA

#7 Dec 12, 2010
Unitil can put all they want on paper but historical performance speaks louder than any unproven documentation.
We are paying these extortionate rates to fund the returns on the bonds Unitil floated when the Seabrook power plant was under construction. We assume risk in terms of proximity, receive no benefit from that facility and pay insane rates to fund development bonds.
Truly a bad situation for us here.
Excallaber

Worcester, MA

#8 Dec 12, 2010
\ Sink the Ship here is how you do it
every one stops their payment through the winter months becouse they cant shut you off and this should be easy with multiple towns becouse every one is pissed off any how, and if there still aflote in the spring use that money to buy and install generators be totoally off the grid with them or something like that, or by from anouther souce, be self sufficent. or have one big generator that would supply neghbor hoods with power have a small maintenence crew to run the show.
steve

Leominster, MA

#9 Dec 12, 2010
Unitil came to my neighborhood around Lake Shirley and had all the neighbors sign a paper to give them permission to trim the limbs hanging all over the wires, which we all did. This was early summer and haven't seen anyone since. Two years ago we had a rotten pole with a transformer on it fall in the lake. Luckily we were out on the water in our boats,this pole not only landed in the water it crushed the screen house and all the furniture in it. We were sitting in this every night but this one. Unitil has really impressed my neighborhood.
Resident

Fitchburg, MA

#10 Dec 12, 2010
Excallaber wrote:
\ Sink the Ship here is how you do it
every one stops their payment through the winter months becouse they cant shut you off and this should be easy with multiple towns becouse every one is pissed off any how, and if there still aflote in the spring use that money to buy and install generators be totoally off the grid with them or something like that, or by from anouther souce, be self sufficent. or have one big generator that would supply neghbor hoods with power have a small maintenence crew to run the show.
Or we could just smoke what you're smoking and live in la la land where reality ceases to exist.
bad to worse

Hudson, MA

#11 Dec 14, 2010
people are missing the fact here is still a ton of damage out there. limbs and trees left on the gound and drying out, trees taht were broken and now dying, this all adds up to a huge fire potential starting next year. one spark and this whole area wil go up real nice. not to mention all the trees that are damaged and dying will somday fall down, as they already have started to
Unitil Hostage

Northampton, MA

#12 Dec 15, 2010
SClarke wrote:
Don't forget that we are paying a premium for Unitil's service.
Here are some average costs in cents per KWH for Aug 2010.
US: 12.02
New England: 16.50
Mass: 15.45
My bill: 19.17
The only state with a higher average rate than Unitil is Hawaii.
Source: http://www.eia.doe.gov/cneaf/electricity/epm/...
Plus, add on all those lovely additional charges that they rake us over the coals for, and Unitil is laughing all the way to the bank. I WANT A CHOICE! Lets see, I can pay National Grid (or any other supplier)$200 a month for gas and electric, or use Unitil for $500 a month. It would be a no-brainer. They wouldn't be able to keep up with the mass exodus of customers/hostages from Unitil.
Realist

AOL

#13 Dec 15, 2010
Unitil has nothing to worry about, they're not going anyplace and they know it. You're wasting your time squacking.
BeanCounter

Worcester, MA

#14 Dec 15, 2010
Some towns do it right. The Littleton Electric Light Dept, is a well-run, professional operation with rates much less than Unitil (but more than some MA utilities), Templeton did a good job too when I lived there years ago. I think that the LELD has more equipment in Littleton than Unitil has in Fitchburg to service 4 towns! Unitil is just milking the captive audience, and has little incentive to run a good operation.

I dont know if I would trust the Town of Lunenburg to run my utility....history has proven the Town to run things into the ground then face huge bills to fix past sins.

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