Natural gas was flowing through the pipes of several Merrimack Valley towns at 12 times the normal rate last week, according to US Senators Edward J. Markey and Elizabeth Warren, who cited briefings from federal regulators in a Monday letter to the heads of Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, its parent company NiSource, and federal regulators.The exact cause of the blasts that rocketed through Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover remains under investigation, though overpressurization was suspected. “We write to request that you provide us with information in order to help the American people understand why this terrible disaster occurred, whether the company was sufficiently prepared to respond to an incident of this magnitude, and how we can prevent any similar tragedy in the future,” wrote Markey and Warren in their letter. Officials said Monday that more than 8,500 metered customers remain without gas service. As power was restored to most areas by Sunday, Columbia Gas … [Read more...] about Officials will create foundation to help speed gas explosion recovery effort in Merrimack Valley
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The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase. Google/YouTube Electricity bills usually spike in the summer because of home cooling systems, but installing a smart thermostat can help fix that. Nest's Thermostat learns your schedule and only cools your home when you're actually there, saving energy and money. Through June 3 you can get a free Google Home Mini when you buy a Nest, which is one of the best smart home deals we've seen in a while. The Google Home Mini can answer your questions, give you information about your schedule, and control smart home accessories, which includes the Nest. If you want to avoid getting sticker shock from your electricity bill this summer, you'll need a smart thermostat. Nest's Learning Thermostat is my personal favorite because it's easy to understand and learns when you're in and out of your home over time, adjusting itself … [Read more...] about Nest Thermostats help regulate the temperature in your home to save you money long-term — and right now you can get a free Google Home Mini when you purchase one
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Thomas Rowland and the generator he was forced to buy after Endesa cut him off. Photo: Thomas Rowland / The Local When Thomas Rowland, 27, and his husband Jordan, moved into a villa on Lanzarote's Teguise coast last November, he went into the local Endesa office and dutifully filled in the forms to transfer the supply contract into his name. Five months later, and after paying the monthly bills, the supply was suddenly cut off with no warning. This is one man's tale of frustration as he does battle with Endesa, the largest electric utility company in Spain. "It was 1:30AM in the morning on Thursday 12th April, my husband and I were lying in bed watching TV when the power went off. Now, this is Lanzarote so being the norm, we thought it was a power cut and went straight to sleep. The next morning we woke only to find that what we originally thought was a power cut was the start of a long “nightmare”! I was panicking because I work from home … [Read more...] about The pain in Spain: One man’s nightmare battle for electricity
Over the past couple of months, Europeans have noticed time slipping away from them. It’s not just their imaginations: all across the continent, clocks built into home appliances like ovens, microwaves, and coffee makers have been running up to six minutes slow. The unlikely cause? A dispute between Kosovo and Serbia over who pays the electricity bill. To make sense of all this, you need to know that the clocks in many household devices use the frequency of electricity to keep time. Electric power is delivered to our homes in the form of an alternating current, where the direction of the flow of electricity switches back and forth many times a second. (How this system came to be established is complex, but the advantage is that it allows electricity to be transmitted efficiently.) In Europe, this frequency is 50 Hertz — meaning a current alternating of 50 times a second. In America, it’s 60 Hz. Since the 1930s, manufacturers have taken advantage of this feature to … [Read more...] about Clocks are running slow across Europe because of an argument over who pays the electricity bill