Sunday, March 31, 2013
Are you experiencing an outage? Let us know by commenting.
UPDATE 2:55 p.m.: BELD reports on Twitter that it believes all power is now restored. It encourages customers to call 781.348.2353 if they are still without power. UPDATE 2:30 p.m.: BELD GM Bill Bottiggi said in an email that a "lightening arrester" failed at Potter Station. Lightening arresters, according to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, "are protective devices for limiting surge voltages due to lightning strikes or equipment faults or other events, to prevent damage to equipment and disruption of service." "We have removed the failed equipment and are working to restore power," Bottiggi said. UPDATE 2:15 p.m.: Councilor-at-Large Sean Powers reports that BELD is looking to get the power back on within the hour. https://…
Thursday, March 21, 2013
BELD reports they are working on the issue.
UPDATE 10:57 a.m.: BELD reports that power has been restored. ***** ***** ***** The Braintree Electric Light Department, on its Twitter and Facebook pages, says there is a widespread power outage in the Liberty Street area and it is working to restore power as soon as possible. This article will be updated with more information as it becomes available.
Friday, February 22, 2013
The Braintree Electric Light Department serves all of the town with electricity and also offers various TV, phone and Internet services.
From the Braintree Electric Light Department: If you are a Verizon Internet customer, we need your help in resolving a technical problem affecting your email. Verizon is blocking BELD Broadband server smtp1.beld.net (IP 126.96.36.199). As a result, hundreds of Verizon customers are not getting email from hundreds of BELD Broadband subscribers. If you are a Verizon customer, you may not be receiving legitimate personal email. We have tried to use Verizon's online portal for unblocking the server and we've spent considerable time on the phone attempting to resolve this issue. Verizon representatives finally informed us that they will NOT address the issue unless they hear directly from these customers. We only handle email for our domain …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
The Region that Regan will represent the Northeast from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, to New York, and all of the New England states.
Thursday, February 21
Longtime Braintree resident and Braintree Electric Light Commissioner Jim Regan has accepted an appointment from the American Public Power Association (APPA). Commissioner Regan will serve for the next three years as a member of the Policy Makers Council (PMC). The PMC is made up of locally-elected and appointed officials from public power communities across the country. Its mission is to assist APPA in moving legislation forward that is important to the public power electric utilities nationwide. Mr. Regan currently serves as Chairman of the Braintree Electric Light Department (BELD). First elected as a Commissioner in 2006 Regan said he is deeply honored to serve on this 40 member council and is looking forward to the challenge, of …
Thursday, February 14, 2013
BELD said all of its nearly 16,000 customers experienced outages as some point during the Blizzard of 2013.
Thursday, February 14
Below is a letter from the GM of the Braintree Electric Light Department on the Blizzard of 2013: The Blizzard of 2013 was an historic storm that will most certainly be talked about for years to come. The combination of heavy snow and wind gusts over 65 mph brought down trees and power lines in Braintree, leaving many homes without heat and electricity. As you know, Braintree Electric Light Department (BELD) staff and crews worked diligently throughout the storm, doing everything within our abilities to restore power and limit the number of affected customers within our community. All 15,895 BELD customers experienced an outage during the storm. For 43 percent of them, the outage lasted only 13 seconds. A large group of the other 57 …
Monday, February 11, 2013
The current plan is to open Braintree schools on Tuesday.
While the main streets and many of the side roads in Braintree were cleared of snow by Monday morning, the town is continuing to target smaller roads and push snow away from intersections to clear sight lines. "There's a lot of work remaining to be done," Chief of Staff and Operations Peter Morin said Monday morning. Front loaders and other heavy equipment ranged throughout the town Monday moving snow into giant piles and heaving large amounts into dump trucks to be taken to the landfill for melting. Plow drivers from the DPW and contractors hired by the town worked from Friday afternoon straight through 11 p.m. Saturday night, Morin said. Officials then brought in heavier equipment to assist with removing snow. Truck maintenance issues …
Saturday, February 9, 2013
No decision has been made yet on closing Braintree schools Monday.
The storm that has battered Braintree and the region with high winds and piles of snow is the worst Braintree Mayor Joseph Sullivan has seen since he took office. "The DPW is working incredibly hard, but a storm of this magnitude, as you try to stay in front of it, there are always challenges," Sullivan said early Saturday afternoon. Widespread power outages hit Braintree last night, and each section of town has at least some homes still without electricity, but less than 50 overall, Sullivan said. The mayor pointed to an incident on Cleveland Avenue as an example of BELD's quick work. A tree limb downed a power line there last night at about 6:30 p.m. and BELD was on the scene within 30 minutes despite the quickly falling snow. "Overall I…
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Much of South Braintree lost power for about 30 minutes Wednesday morning.
A mechanical failure at one of Braintree's substations caused a widespread power outage early Wednesday on one of the coldest days of the winter. The Braintree Electric Light Department restored power after it had been off for approximately 30 minutes throughout South Braintree and as far west and north as Braintree High School. "Power was restored very quickly," Mayor Joseph Sullivan said. "These types of situations are going to happen, and the question becomes how quickly can you remedy a situation." Sullivan said he and other town officials were getting ready for their day around 7 a.m. when their cell phones began ringing, alerting them to the outage. There was no discussion to send students home from school, the mayor said, but that …
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Keep tuned to Braintree Patch for more Hurricane Sandy updates.
Some 1,000 customers of the Braintree Electric Light Department lost power throughout the day on Monday, but all outages were restored by 10 p.m. last night. During the peak of Hurricane Sandy, 350 BELD customers lost power at the same time, GM William Bottiggi said in an email on Tuesday morning. Workers began at 5 a.m. Monday repairing affected power lines. "We didn’t have any issues with our Broadband service," Bottiggi said. "Today we dispatched some of our linemen to Middleboro and Reading to provide mutual aide to those Towns at their request." The most significant repair problem involved a broken pole on Middle Street. For more updates on the storm, check in with Braintree Patch today and also go to our Hurricane Info Center.
Friday, September 14, 2012
For more than 119 years BELD has been a nonprofit public power utility owned and operated by the citizens of Braintree.
Friday, September 14, 2012
Braintree Electric Light Department (BELD) will celebrate national Public Power Week with a tent at the Braintree Farmers Market on September 29 and a Senior Breakfast on October 1. This annual celebration is observed by more than 2,000 electric utilities that collectively provide electricity on a not-for-profit basis to 43 million Americans. Look for the tent BELD donated to Sustainable Braintree, and join us at the Farmers Market between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 29. To promote the viability of solar energy, BELD has been powering a water cooler with a solar powered generator during Farmers Market hours. The generator was purchased with some of the money realized from the sale of solar renewable energy certificates (SRECs…