NStar spokesman: Planning for winter storms takes place 'all year round'

February 15, 2014, 6:34 pm
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(NECN) - Along with the heavy snow that is hitting New England in a storm Saturday night into Sunday morning, wind will be a major factor.

Spokesman Michael Durand of NStar joined NECN to explain his company's preparations to make sure power stays on as long as possible.

"This is a scenario that we've all become all too familiar with this winter," he said. "With the coastal communities that NStar serves, preparing for this type of storm is a very large part of our emergency planning all year round."

Durand said that NStar activated its emergency response plan around 4 p.m. Saturday. He also explained the importance of utility sharing.

"Within the last couple of years, we've had much greater access to other northeast utilities companies - we became part of Northeast Utilities in 2012 - and we've already reached out to Western Mass. Electric Company and Public Service of New Hampshire ... They have already alerted their crews that if we need them to support our folks, they're going to be there for us."

Gov. Deval Patrick asked people to stay off the roads of Eastern Massachusetts from 5 p.m. Saturday to 5 a.m. Sunday because heavy snowfall and heavy wind would make it difficult to keep driving conditions safe.

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Tags: weather, New England, snow, storm, winter , Deval Patrick, power outages, winter storm, NSTAR, gov. patrick, Michael Durand
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