State To Investigate National Grid's Storm Prep

The state is opening a probe into the largest power company in Massachusetts following this week's snowstorm.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities says it will investigate National Grid's preparedness and response to the storm.

The nor'easter knocked out power to about 55,000 customers and in some cases, customers were without power for as long as a day and a half.

Local officials also say emergency responders had to guard downed power line in several areas — a job that National Grid should have handled.

Just over a year ago, the legislature granted the DPU increased authority to establish standards for emergency preparedness and restoration of service.

This program aired on December 30, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.


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