Eversource to Resume Herbicide Spraying on Island

For the first time in four years, Eversource Energy plans to apply herbicides under some of its power lines on the Vineyard. A public comment period ends March 27.

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NStar, National Grid Sever Contracts With Cape Wind

The future of the Cape Wind project on Horseshoe Shoal was thrown into uncertainty this week when National Grid and NStar announced they had terminated their contracts to buy power from the private wind developer.

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As Cost of Electricity Rises, Islanders Pay More

Islanders can expect to see their electric bills go up this winter, with Cape Light Compact and NStar both announcing increases in electricity costs beginning as early as December. Utility companies said the price increase can be attributed to a growing demand for natural gas paired with pipeline constraints.

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Keeping the Lights on, NStar Installs New Undersea Cable
New NStar undersea cable is expected to add redundancy to Vineyard power system and make service more reliable. The cable stretches 29,000 feet from Falmouth to West Chop.
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Comment Period Extended on NStar Spraying Program
The state Department of Agricultural Resources will allow comment until Feb. 18 on utility's plan to use herbicides to control vegetation under power lines.
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NStar Arborists Defend Vegetation Spraying at Town Meeting

Amidst public scrutiny of NStar’s vegetation management practices, senior arborists from the utility company addressed concerns of Tisbury residents at a meeting on Tuesday of the board of health.

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NStar Says Use of Herbicides Is Essential
The power company resumed an herbicide spraying program last month, reigniting a debate about threats to the environment on the Cape and Vineyard.
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Not Buying NStar's Promise That Chemical Spraying Is Safe

I have lived on Lake Street in Vineyard Haven for 25 years. A few years ago, I went to pick up my mail at the cluster box under the power lines and saw a crew of workers with chainsaws taking down a lovely grove of small trees that shaded the boxes. I called NStar and was told that they have a mandate from the federal government to keep the rights of way free from vegetation lest something fall on the power lines. Since the power lines are at least 50 feet off the ground, this scenario seemed very unlikely, insofar as the trees were no taller than 12 feet.

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Despite Negative Reception NStar Poles Are Here to Stay
The Martha’s Vineyard Commission Thursday approved the new NStar poles that have already been installed along Island roads, but attached several conditions for future projects.
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Commission Takes NStar to Task Over New, Taller Utility Poles

Spokesmen for the power company NStar told the Martha’s Vineyard Commission Thursday that they believe the commission has no jurisdiction over a project to install new, oversized utility poles around the Island. The poles have raised the hackles of Islanders and public officials who say they are ruinous to roadside aesthetics and out of character for the Vineyard.

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