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, February 1, 2013
Police said Thursday night they didn't expect Route 114 to be open again to traffic until at least 2 a.m., but did say it should be open for the morning commute.
It was more than 12 hours since brutal winds whipped through Route 114, knocking three utility poles to the ground and snapping or bending about five others, and still the road wasn't back open Thursday night. Danvers police said around 10:30 p.m. that the one-third of a mile stretch of road at the Peabody-Danvers line would remain closed until at least 2 a.m. while crews finished making repairs. The road was expected to re-open in time for the morning rush hour. Peabody police said Thursday night that a pole was still being replaced at the end of Mt. Pleasant Drive near the Outback Steakhouse. With Route 114 closed to traffic, motorists were detoured onto MacArthur Boulevard via Walter Road (for westbound traffic) and Palmer Avenue (for …
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Workers will continue to make repairs to utility poles along Route 114 on Thursday evening that will cause the road to remain closed and drivers will be detoured.
Drivers will continue to be detoured around a section of Route 114 at the Danvers-Peabody line into the rush hour as work continues to repair several utility poles that came down in a wind storm on Thursday morning. The good news? Almost all of the electric customers that were without power earlier in the day have their power back. But workers continue to “set” the damaged poles, as of 4 p.m. That means about a one-third mile stretch of road is blocked to through traffic and is being detoured. “We’ve haven’t set all the poles yet,” said Randi Holland at Peabody Municipal Light Plant. Workers from other utilities were called in to help expedite the restoration of power and make the repairs. The remaining customers without power – 23 – were …
Crews from both Danvers and Peabody were on scene along Route 114 on Thursday after several utility poles came crashing down to the road in gusty winds.
It remained unclear at midday Thursday how long Route 114 would remain closed at the Danvers-Peabody line. A squall line of rain and wind swept through the area just before 10 a.m. on Thursday, ripping down utility poles and wires right at the line between the two communities near the Outback Steakhouse. The wires and poles down in the road forced its closure. There were three utility poles on the road and another five that were bent or leaning at about noon. Route 114 remained closed between Walter Road in Peabody and Palmer Avenue in Danvers. Police at the scene said there were no cars or property that was otherwise damaged by the poles. Brian Howcroft, an engineer at the Peabody Municipal Light Plant said it was too early to say when …
Sunday, January 20, 2013
A light pole snapped in half after a car crashed into it Sunday afternoon.
An undetermined number of homes in West Peabody lost power Sunday afternoon after a car accident on Elizabeth Lane. Peabody Municipal Light Plant says a vehicle crashed into a light pole at 24 Elizabeth Ln. and the pole was snapped in half, bringing down wires and the transformer. A PMLP crew was still on scene around 3 p.m., replacing the pole and transformer. The crash was first reported around 2 p.m. Peabody police say the vehicle apparently drove off after hitting the pole. Stay with Peabody Patch for further updates as they become available. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
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 …
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Power or no power?
Did you lose power yesterday? How long did it take before it came back on, or are you still waiting in the dark? Let us know in the comments section so we can spread the word. There were a lot of trees, power lines, telephone poles and light poles knocked down in the hurricane and a number of power outages as a result. You can also check in with Peabody Municipal Light Plant at 978-531-5975 if you're still waiting for power to come back on.
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, July 24, 2012
The city-operated light plant is reducing fuel charges to residential and commercial customers for the third financial quarter, which should result in a 6 percent savings on monthly bills.
Peabody and South Lynnfield residents will be saving a few extra dollars a month on their electric bills this next financial quarter. Peabody Municipal Light Plant officials announced the news Monday, attributing a moderate decrease in monthly bills to a corresponding decrease in energy costs for the city-owned utility company. The actual savings for the average residential customer is $3.44 per month or 5.9 percent. That's based on an average customer using 500 kWh per month for a bill of $58. An average commercial customer using 2,000 kWh per month will save approximately 6 percent monthly. Industrial users' bills are expected to remain flat. PMLP General Manager Glenn Trueira said there will be a decrease in the Purchased Power and Fuel…