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Attorney general fines National Grid $16M

'National Grid dropped the ball'

July 30, 2012
When Chamber of Commerce Director Alexandra McNitt heard about the state Attorney General's announcement Thursday, July 26, of a $16 million fine against National Grid for slow response to Hurricane Irene and the October snowstorm, all she could do was laugh and say "Awesome."

"We were stopped in our tracks for a week. It was a mess," she recalled after a moment of elation. "Personally, I'm thrilled. I think National Grid dropped the ball. Their response was way too slow and way too late, and given the expense of our energy in the northeast, that's not right."

In Southbridge, though, Tri-EPIC Chairman Roland Larochelle said the firm was fairly responsive about getting high priority locations like the hospital power quickly, and made it clear they needed help. Other sites, including Radius, were slower, and he noted "that's where these places need to have a contingency plan."

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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