Monday, April 15, 2013
Customers of the municipal utility company should experience a small savings on their electric bills as fuel charges are reduced.
No, that wasn't an error. Your electric bill really should go down this spring. Peabody Municipal Light Plant, which services Peabody and South Lynnfield, announced last week that average electricity bills will decrease by 2.2 percent for residential customers, more than 1.3 percent for commercial customers and about 4 percent for industrial customers in the second quarter (April to June). The decrease is due to a lower Purchased Power and Fuel Cost Adjustment, which is paid by customers in addition to basic supply rates. The change reflects recent decreases in the cost of energy as the municipal utility tries to stabilize fuel charges and costs for its customers with its power supply agreements, according to PMLP. PMLP General Manager …
Friday, November 16, 2012
City light plant reaches new contract deal with employees for four years with average pay raise of 1.75 percent.
Management at the city's light plant and union workers recently reached an agreement on a new contract, both sides ratifying a four-year deal that is largely retroactive. Peabody Municipal Light Plant announced the new contract will cover July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2014 and ensure workers a 1.75 percent annual pay raise on average. "This is a fair agreement for both the ratepayers and employees,” said PMLP Commission Chairman Robert Wheatley in a statement. The number is likely a lot more palatable to taxpayers than the previous contract, which included an 11 percent raise over three years and was likewise retroactive. It took both sides approximately 1-1/2 years to reach the latest deal. By way of comparison, talks on the previous …
Monday, October 29, 2012
The city's light plant says it has hired extra crews to deal with the anticipated havoc when Hurricane Sandy finally hits the Peabody area.
The city's light plant says "it's all hands on deck" for the next 24 hours as Hurricane Sandy barrels through the region. "We have prepared for the worst," said Randi Holland, the public relations manager at Peabody Municipal Light Plant, Monday afternoon. Holland said additional line crews and tree trimmers from out-of-state have been hired to deal with storm response as well as addressing any potential problems beforehand. Holland said seven line crews and four to five tree crews were out in the field Monday morning and afternoon, checking on power lines and trees in proximity to lines. "We'll do everything we can to keep the power on," she said. Anyone who experiences a power outage or electrical problem should call PMLP at 978-531-5975…
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
It's Public Power Week.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
[The following was submitted by the Peabody Municipal Light Plant.] Peabody Municipal Light Plant (PMLP) is celebrating Public Power Week, Oct. 7-13, along with more than 2,000 other electric utilities that collectively provide electricity on a not-for-profit basis to 46 million Americans. “Public Power Week is a chance for PMLP to communicate the benefits of the consumer owned, not-for-profit electric utility owned by the citizens of Peabody,” said PMLP Commission Chairman Robert O. Wheatley. “We strive to provide top-notch service and contribute to the community’s economic vitality.” PMLP invites community members to participate in the PMLP bulb sale and open house on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 9 a.m. to noon, when customers can purchase …
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Peabody Access and the city's light plant have teamed up to install fiber optic cable around Peabody Square to improve live broadcasts and live Internet streaming for viewers at home.
Did you notice a better quality reception on the live broadcast of the International Festival on Sunday? That's mainly because the Peabody Municipal Light Plant and Peabody Access Telecommunications teamed up to install some fiber optic cable for viewers at home. PMLP installed about a half-mile of fiber optic cable around Peabody Square recently to assist PAT with broadcasting live events in particular and which also allows PAT to produce programs for live Internet streaming from a few sites downtown, which you may have noticed during the festival Sunday. There are three sites that were used for the festival: the Leather City Common, the corner of School and Lowell streets and the corner of Chestnut and Lowell streets. “The new fiber …
Thursday, June 7, 2012
The Peabody Municipal Light Commission recently recognized students who took top honors in science and energy fairs at their respective schools for the 28th Annual Science Fair Awards.
Every year the Peabody Municipal Light Commission recognizes fifth-graders for their contributions to science. This year, the commission honored 120 students at an awards ceremony at Peabody High -- students who took top honors in science and energy fairs held at their respective elementary schools. The projects, which were judged by light plant staff, covered energy conservation, energy awareness and innovation. Each student received an engraved plaque from the light plant, a letter of congratulations from U. S. Congressman John Tierney, a joint citation from state Sen. Fred Berry and Reps. Joyce Spiliotis and Ted Speliotis, and a certificate from Mayor Ted Bettencourt. First, second and third place winners also received a gift …