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National Grid pledges electric reliability boost

August 3, 2014

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. (AP) — Following several power outages since May, National Grid is promising officials in North Adams it will work to improve reliability.

The Berkshire Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/1qSSkjt ) that the utility is evaluating circuit breakers, upgrading the control center and improving protection from lightning at an Adams substation.

A May 9 power outage left nearly 20,000 residents without power for several hours. It was blamed on a fire at the substation caused by equipment failure.

National Grid employees said the outage was caused by a lightning strike.

On July 8, two power outages cut electricity for about six hours. The outages were caused by equipment failure at the Adams substation.

Marcy Reed, president of National Grid of Massachusetts, says equipment at the substation has been repaired and replaced and the system is operating normally.

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Information from: The Berkshire (Mass.) Eagle, http://www.berkshireeagle.com

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